Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked [Autographed]

Memoirs of a Cleveland TV News Reporter

Paul Orlousky


A veteran Cleveland TV reporter shares backstories behind the news stories he covered over 50 years: historic events, horrific crimes, bizarre behavior, heartwarming deeds, and some hilarious, silly stuff. “Orlo” earned his reputation for aggressive reporting—getting threats, punches, and kicks from investigation subjects but thanks from viewers.

Softcover / 240 pages / 34 photos / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / ISBN 9781598511147


“I was a TV news reporter for almost fifty years, most of them in Cleveland, specializing in investigative reports. During that time I saw a lot of things. Historic events. Horrific crimes. Bizarre behavior. Heartwarming deeds. And sometimes just hilarious, silly stuff . . .”

That’s Paul Orlousky. After five decades on Cleveland TV (nightly on channels 3, 5, and 19), this veteran newsman has a lot of stories to share:

What went on behind the camera . . . Racing to the scene in a tiny helicopter or crouching inside a sweltering news van on a stakeout . . . What he heard in a judge’s chambers or a courtroom lobby after a tense trial . . . How the internal workings of a news operation shaped the reporting viewers saw onscreen . . . Threats from angry subjects of an investigation, like shady business owners, politicians, and sometimes even cops . . .

Yes, over the years, Orlousky got a lot of threats—and more. He was yelled at, punched, kicked, spat on, menaced by dogs . . . But he was also thanked—many more times—by regular people all over Northeast Ohio for digging into stories that mattered to them.

Now, Orlousky shares his favorite behind-the-camera tales in these short, candid, informative, and often funny stories.

“My approach to life is simple,” Orlousky writes. “You can look at it either as a tragedy or a comedy. I chose comedy, in part because that was a way to get through many of the tragic situations I reported on and that people I encountered were forced to deal with.”

If you’ve ever watched local TV news, you’ll enjoy these backstories behind the news stories. You’ll get a few chuckles, and might even wind up a better informed news consumer.

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Weight0.64375 lbs
Dimensions5.5 × 8.5 × .532 in

Table of Contents


What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Getting Started in Broadcasting

Welcome to Cleveland . . . Just Don’t Cross “Mother”

Investigating the Police


You Never Know What the Day Will Bring

Reporters Behaving Badly

Getting Pushed Around

Horrific Stories


Big Personalities

John Demjanjuk

My Big Mouth


Court Stories

Two Colorful Politicians

National Candidates

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland

Witnessing an Execution: Frank Spisak

Adventures Above and Below Ground


Cops I’ve Known and Respected

Orlo Wants to Know

Stories that Stuck with Me

Videographers—Without Them, I’m Radio

TV Investigations Changed

Media Influences

Suddenly, it was Over

How Do You Say Thank You?

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