The "Investigator" moniker might not technically belong to Scott Taylor – Tom Meyer over at WKYC has laid claim to that – but the effervescent 19 Action News reporter is one of the reasons the WOIO team continues to be among the best news sources in Northeast Ohio.
Sure, it's TV news, and that domain comes with its fair share of goofy, overblown, self-aggrandizing personalities, but with a reduced staff at the Plain Dealer and a neverending stream of stories waiting to be discovered in the city, you can't underestimate what Taylor and his fellow well-quaffed compatriots do on a daily basis. After the Ariel Castro discovery, Taylor was among the best follows for breaking updates on the case, popping up on national cable shows to bring the world the latest in the rescue.
"I got into reporting because when I walked into the college TV station as a sophomore, I fell in love with television news," he says. "I've been with 19 Action News since 2002 and the station has invested in reporters who have been in the community a long, long time. If you're working with reporters who are in the field 24/7, you have people with trusted sources who enjoy uncovering wrong doing."
Chastise 19 Action News for being gimmicky or gossipy if you want, but the station has done just what Taylor says: invested in reporting.
"I think viewers tune into us because of our legacy of reporting," Taylor says. "You give us a tip, we'll check it out. And we do a good job of turning stories around quickly. We don't sit on stories."
Sure, it's not all corruption and scoops – "Sometimes I'll have someone ask me if I can help them get their $10 overdraft fee back," he says. But Taylor is committed to telling the stories that matter to the community.
"I think my goal is to continue to do what I'm doing," he says. "I love Cleveland. I think it's one of the best news towns in America and I think it's one of the best places to live in America. That's because of the diversity and the people."