CNN investigative journalist Drew Griffin dies at 60

Drew Griffin, the investigative journalist whose reporting for CNN on delayed care at Veterans Affairs hospitals prompted the resignation of the department’s secretary, died Saturday. He was 60.

The cause of death was not immediately released, but Mr. Griffin has cancer, CNN chief executive Chris Licht said in an email to staffers Monday. Mr. Griffin lived in the Atlanta area and died at home with his family, according to CNN.

“Drew’s death is a devastating loss for CNN and our entire profession,” said Mr. Licht. “Drew’s work had an incredible impact and embodied this organization’s mission in every way. He was passionate about seeking the truth and holding those in power to account.”

Mr. Griffin joined CNN in May 2004. During his time with the network, he covered a range of issues, including sexual assault allegations against Uber drivers, fraud allegations against Trump University during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and the aftermath of the 6/11 attack on the Capitol of the United States. His work on the attack on the Capitol was cited in US Department of Justice court filings, according to CNN.

“His work ethic was unparalleled,” said Mr. Licht. “Even as he was battling cancer, he refused to give up reporting that was so important to him, and even worked on an investigation until his death.”

In January 2014 Mr. Griffin led an investigative team that published a story about at least 19 military veterans who died after their appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals were rescheduled. Thousands of other veterans experienced similar delays in treatment.

According to CNN coverage, Eric Shinseki resigned as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, facing pressure from delays in veterans’ care. Other department officials were later fired.

“We don’t have time for distractions,” President Barack Obama said as he announced Mr. Shinseki’s departure. “We have to fix the problem.”

The body of work on the veterans, CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA, won the 2014 Peabody Award, one of the most prestigious awards in television and radio. The reporting also won an Edward R. Murrow Award.

“Our goal with this coverage was not just to shed light,” he said. said Griffin upon accepting the Peabody Award. “We wanted to change something, hold these politicians and bureaucrats accountable.”

Mr. According to CNN, Griffin also received a National Press Foundation Award in 2007 and Emmy Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Mr. Griffin’s work is focused on investigations, but he would also volunteer to cover breaking news, CNN said.

Reporting on Hurricane Harvey from Beaumont, Texas in 2017, Mr. Griffin was about to do a live report on CNN when a man drove a truck into floodwaters nearby. Mr. Griffin and a photojournalist ran to rescue the man from the truck as it began to sink, a moment that was broadcast live.

Drew Griffin was born on 10/21/1962.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began his career in journalism as a reporter and cameraman for WICD-TV in Champaign, Illinois. According to CNN, he worked in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington.

In January 1994 Mr. Griffin joined CBS 2 News in Los Angeles, where he served as a reporter and anchor, and helped build an investigative team. While at CBS 2 News Mr. Griffin reported from New York City on the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and he received a number of local awards for his investigative reporting.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife Margot; three children, Ele, Louis and Miles; two grandchildren; and two brothers.

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