As the Dean of Cleveland Investigative Reporters, Carl Monday has set the standard for investigative journalism in Northeast Ohio. In a career that has spanned over 45 years, Monday has been a trailblazer in the field, from the voice on all-news radio, to heading up investigative units at three Cleveland television stations.
Often referred to as the “Mike Wallace” of Cleveland TV, Monday has captured more than 150 national, regional and local awards. His thirteen EMMYS for Investigative Reporting are tops in local EMMY history. His 48 total EMMYS also include statues for News Writing, Breaking News and Crime Reporting. In 2017, Monday was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with with a Silver Circle Award for his significant contributions to the television industry.
Monday also was the first television reporter ever inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame.
With his ever present trench-coat, and aggressive reporting style, Monday’s reports have appeared on CBS & CNN and other national outlets. He was a regular in-studio guest on “Geraldo” investigative shows. He and Geraldo also co-hosted two syndicated “Now it Can Be Told” programs taped in Cleveland that exclusively featured Monday’s reports.
Monday became one of the first reporters in the nation to expose the problem of sudden acceleration in vehicles. That caught the attention of “60 Minutes” producers who flew to Cleveland to consult with Monday for a report later aired on “60 Minutes.”
Monday’s undercover investigation into corruption into the Cleveland Fire Department’s Inspection Unit led to the firing of the City Marshall, and garnered Monday the “National Headliner Award” for Investigative Reporting.
It was Monday who exposed the dumping of dangerous chemical waste at Hopkins Airport. Twenty-six reports later, the Justice Department stepped in, City Council held hearings, and the City Airport Commissioner was fired, and later convicted in Federal Court.
Monday’s I-Team uncovered the accidental overdose deaths of three patients and linked them all to a local a doctor. The County Prosecutor then launched it’s own probe, resulting in the first conviction in history of an Ohio physician for Involuntary manslaughter. As he was about to be sentenced, the judged slapped another year on his prison sentence, after Monday set up an undercover sting, and caught the M.D. attempting to flee the country.
Monday caught vendors selling old food, some up to a year old, at the city’s new East Side Market. Soon after, the city shut down the market, and City Council passed a new food dating law as a result of the investigation.
Five area hunger center directors were indicted, and one was sentenced to five years in prison, after Monday’s expose into misuse of hunger funds. Instead of feeding the poor, the money went to buy new cars, home improvements, and tuition for family members.
Monday’s reports on food waste lead to creation of “Food Rescue,” a program now run by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank that has provided millions of meals to the needy in six counties.
For months, Monday’s undercover cameras followed cement trucks pouring the concrete for Cleveland’s $200 million RTA Health Line. He documented how the contractor was cutting corners, by using a banned chemical that could cause early deterioration of the concrete. When RTA tested the concrete, they confirmed Monday’s findings, and ordered the contractor to dig up much of the roadway and reimburse RTA nearly a quarter million dollars.
Monday’s storied journalism career kicked off in high school, when, as the Sports Editor of the school newspaper, the Garfield Heights Mirror, he prematurely revealed the starting line-up of the Bulldog’s baseball team, before the manager had a chance to inform the players. The angry manager tried to get Monday suspended. The school’s basketball coach also attempted to get Monday booted from the paper, when he singled out the team’s losing ways. Neither was successful.
While still in high school, Monday was already pushing the envelope. He and a friend set up a pirate radio station before Monday’s mom wisely pulled the plug!
Before high school graduation, Monday moved to legitimate radio, airing news and sports on WXEN-FM.
At Kent State, in the wake of the May 4th tragedy, Monday served as a correspondent for dozens of radio and TV stations while working for the University News Service.
While still a junior, Monday became anchor of the 10 o’clock news on WJAN-TV in Canton.
For most of the next six years, Monday worked at W-E-R-E All-News Radio as Investigative Reporter and News Director. He did spend a year of that stretch at KAKE-TV in Wichita as Radio News Director and Noon Anchor.
In 1979, after hearing Monday on the radio, and without seeing an audition tape, WJW News Director Virgil Dominic hired Monday as “Special Reporter.” He soon teamed up with Tom Meyer as the I-Team. After two years, the team split up, and Monday went solo as the I-Team Reporter for the next 20 years.
In the fall of 2001, Monday joined WKYC as “Cleveland’s Investigative Reporter,” winning numerous “Best of Gannett” awards.
Since 2007, Carl Monday investigations have continued to air on WOIO-TV, Cleveland 19. A legendary reporting career now in it’s 5th decade.
Monday and his wife Sandy have been married 42 years. They have a daughter who lives in Michigan. Carl and Sandy have called downtown home for the past 19 years.