Monique John

Monique John reports for WCPO, a TV and digital news outlet in Cincinnati where she focuses on gentrification, a topic that’s failed to receive sustained attention in the southern Ohio city. John is a writer and TV reporter with a background in covering a slew of issues in the U.S. and has worked extensively in Liberia. In 2019, she began freelancing for News 12 in New York, covering everything from business development to breaking news. Her work in Liberia dates to 2017 when she covered that country’s presidential election for the Voice of America. She also worked as a stringer for the BBC and has written for various outlets including OkayAfrica, NY1, The Root and Women’s eNews. In 2019, she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to examine the aftermath of a sexual abuse scandal in Liberia and the African country’s laws on violence against women. John is a graduate of Fordham University.


WCPO is an innovative and forward-looking news organization covering 25 counties across three states centered around Cincinnati. WCPO has a history of enterprise journalism and innovation that stems from the organization's early days as a TV station on to 2014 when the E.W. Scripps Company launched an extensive digital newsroom within the TV station and the nation's first and only local TV station with a paywall and paid membership program. The newsroom has since evolved by combining that digital newsroom and the existing broadcast newsroom into a dynamic team focused on enterprise and investigative journalism on TV and digital platforms.