Drew Griffin, famous CNN investigative reporter, has died at the age of 60


An earlier version of this article incorrectly named one of Griffin’s sons. The name is Louis, not Louise. The article has been corrected.

Drew Griffin, a CNN journalist who won a Peabody Award for an investigation into the fatal delays in veterans’ hospitals, which prompted legislative action and the resignation of the VA secretary, died December 17 at 60.

According to CNN, he had cancer

Mr. Griffin joined CNN in 2004, and his deeply reported, months-long investigations have often led to policy changes.

In April 2014, after six months of relentless coverage of veterans’ delayed medical appointments resulting in delayed treatment and even death, CNN aired “A Deadly Wait,” in which Mr. Griffin and his team revealed how a VA hospital in Arizona falsified records to obscure waiting times. long. Coverage of the case led to the resignation of Minister of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

In 2016, Mr. Griffin won an Emmy for exposing fraudulent money-making practices at Trump University. His exclusive interview with a former Trump University instructor revealed how the institute focused on getting participants to pay for more seminars rather than teaching them real estate strategies. “We were bringing in the money,” the coach shared with Mr. Griffin.

Two years later, Mr. Griffin and his colleagues uncovered sexual assault and assault cases against more than 100 Uber drivers, prompting the company to introduce new safety features and revamp its background-checking protocols.

Mr. Griffin’s recent work has focused on the challenges facing American democracy in the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 insurrection led by Trump followers. Its coverage was cited in court filings by the Department of Justice and the House Committee to Investigate the Riot.

Mr. Griffin’s reports carried him around the world. In Somalia, he covered a devastating famine, in Singapore he reported on drift-net poachers and in El Salvador he told the stories of gang members. While reporting on Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017, he saved a man from a flooding truck.

In 2008, CNN’s vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was interviewed for the first time, prompting Mr. Griffin Palin to report that she had committed an ethics violation in her handling of her estranged son-in-law’s firing, an incident. which became known as “Troopergate”.

Andrew Charles Griffin was born on October 21, 1962. His father, a civil engineer, served in the military and retired from the Cook County (Illinois) Highway Department. His mother, an attorney, worked as a lead attorney for the Illinois Division of Appellate Research.

Mr. Griffin spent 10 years working at CBS News 2 in Los Angeles before joining CNN. Graduated in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and began his career as a reporter and cameraman at WICD-TV in Illinois, and later in Florida, Washington, South and North Carolina.

Among the survivors is his wife, Margot. three children, Elly, Louis and Miles; and two grandchildren.

When he received the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting for Congress in 2015, Mr. Griffin joked that it was rare for him to be welcomed in Washington — a reference to the tough questions he’s been known to ask lawmakers. A compilation video made by CNN showed people slamming doors in his face, walking — or even running — away to avoid him. He kept asking anyway.

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