Drew Griffin Died: Drew Griffin, CNN’s award-winning Senior Investigative Correspondent, passed away on Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer, the network was informed by his family. He was 60.
CNN CEO Chris Licht wrote in an internal memo, “Drew’s passing is a sad loss for CNN and our whole profession.” Drew was a well-regarded investigative journalist whose work exemplified the objectives of this organization in every aspect.
Griffin, according to CNN, worked on hundreds of articles and several documentaries throughout his almost two decades on CNN’s investigative team. His journalism has been recognized with Emmys, Peabodys, and Murrows.
The majority of Griffin’s coworkers were unaware of his sickness, which he reported up until the day he died, according to network sources.
Michael Bass, EVP of Programming at CNN, said in a message to the investigation team, “Fearless and artistic, he understood how to push a topic to its boundaries, but still explain it in a way that everyone could comprehend.
How often has he pursued a reluctant interviewee? How often has he told the truth to those in authority? How often has he had an impact on something significant… It was a privilege to be his colleague and to watch the world-changing effects of his work.
Griffin’s most notable assignment was a one-year study that revealed delays in medical care that contributed to patient fatalities at VA facilities across the country. His team’s investigation led to the resignation of the VA secretary, the enactment of federal law, and a major shift in how veterans’ appointments are handled.
Other Griffin stories included investigations into charges of sexual assault against Uber drivers, allegations of fraud against Trump University, and papers debunking prevalent election fraud theories, among many more. He interviewed Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, to confront him about his unsubstantiated charges of election fraud.
Patricia DiCarlo, the Executive Producer of CNN’s investigative unit who worked with Griffin for over a decade, stated in a CNN article on his death, “Griffin was an extraordinary writer who fashioned pieces into “compelling, must-see television tales.
When a Drew Griffin story begins, you know it will be fantastic. His skill with words distinguished him.”
Griffin, a native of Chicago, began his career in journalism as a reporter/cameraman for WICD-TV in Champaign, Illinois, and then worked for television stations in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Washington. In January 1994, he joined the KCBS news crew in Los Angeles.
His wife, Margot, three children, and two grandchildren survive him.