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Carl Monday calls it a day at Channel 19

November 16, 2018

Carl Monday calls it a day at Channel 19

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Carl Monday, the dean of local investigative reporters, says he is hanging up his trench coat.

Monday, 66, posted Thursday on Facebook that he will leave WOIO Channel 19 after 12 years with the CBS affiliate. He did not give an exit date but said the station’s pending change in ownership “will allow me to step back a few months earlier than my original, projected departure date next March.”

He did not mention any plans, but said, “Calling my departure ‘retirement,’ however, would be, well, ‘Fake News.’ I’ll still be out there making life miserable for the miscreants who make Cleveland such a great town to be a muckraker.”

Monday, a Kent State University graduate who started in Cleveland broadcasting at WERE-AM, made his name as the I-Team investigator at WJW Channel 8 for 22 years starting in 1979. He moved to WKYC Channel 3 in 2001 before joining Channel 19.

“When I signed on in early 2007, the bosses at 19 Action News asked if I were willing to work three years. Nearly 12 years later, I’m still here,” he wrote. “But it’s time to push the re-set button. I haven’t had a day off between jobs in 46 years in the investigative news business.”

Monday’s is the station’s second recent high-profile departure. Anchor Romona Robinson announced in August she will leave the station after 6-1/2 years. She earlier spent 15 years at Channel 3 and started in Cleveland co-anchoring the 10 p.m. news on WUAB Channel 43, now Channel 19’s sister station.

Both stations are owned by Raycom Media, which was sold last June in a merger agreement to Gray Television of Atlanta.

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