Arnold Diaz (June 1949 - )
Diaz was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Leonard and Florette Diaz.
From 1973 to 1995, he was an investigative reporter at WCBS-TV in New York, where he began his "Shame On You" reports. He was the senior correspondent for five one-hour "Shame On You" primetime specials broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Also, he was a regular contributor to "CBS This Morning" and in 1995 was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From 1995 to 2003, Diaz worked as a consumer reporter for the national newsmagazine ABC News "20/20", where he won the National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and the Consumer Federation of America Media Service Award.
Diaz has won 36 Emmy awards for his consumer investigative reporting. In 2006, he joined MYFOXNewYork, where he continues to expose wrongdoing and incompetence by private industry and government agencies. Often, his reports lead to actions by law enforcement officials as well as the enactment of legislation.
MYFOXNew York has listed some of his reports:
- a series of exposes on toxic chemical waste dumping by Mafia-owned carting companies; the fraudulent mislabeling of high-calorie, high-fat food, which led to statewide action by the New York agricultural department; an investigation into school custodians' padding their payroll with relatives and failing to do their required work; uncovering a taxi-cab ring ripping off tourists at Grand Central Station; proving how Medicare and Medicaid were wasting millions of taxpayer dollars by overpaying for bandages; catching electronic stores selling used merchandise as new and confronting a Postal Service letter-carrier illegally charging welfare recipients to deliver their government checks.
- He also caught jewelers on camera selling under-karrated gold; confronted auto dealers advertising specials that didn't exist, cornered chimney sweeps who carry loose bricks and dead birds as price-gouging scams, and showed how home health care attendants with violent criminal pasts were being hired and sent into the homes of vulnerable elderly citizens.
- While at ABC, Diaz uncovered a major auto accident ring bilking insurers for millions, exposed a high-tech scam which billed added charges on consumers' telephone bills for services they never received, and reported an undercover investigation which examined why black shoppers are often unfairly targeted by department store security personnel and salespeople as potential thieves.
- His other reports included an investigation into the forced commitment of elderly people by for-profit psychiatric hospitals that led to corrective legislation and changes in Medicare policy. His investigation into the epidemic problem of e-coli contaminated ground beef has been praised by both the Food and Drug Administration and the meat industry.
He does the "Shame Shame Shame" segments, which is similar to his "Shame On You Segments" from CBS2 (WCBS-TV).
Prior to joining WNYW-TV, Diaz reported for WPLG-TV in Miami from the early to mid 1970s then to WCBS-TV in New York as from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s, even meriting to have hourlong shows in the 1993 shopping season. After a long hiatus, he revived the Shame On You segment in March 2003.
A Unitarian, Diaz lives with his family and three children in Westchester County, New York.