A previous version of this article gave an incorrect name for one of Griffin’s children. 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 fatal delays at veterans hospitals, prompting legislative action and the resignation of the secretary of veterans affairs, died Dec. 17 at 60.
He had cancer, according to CNN
Mr. Griffin joined CNN in 2004, and his deeply reported, months-long investigations often led to policy changes.
In April 2014, after six months of sustained coverage on delayed medical appointments for veterans leading to late treatment and even deaths, CNN aired “A Fatal Wait,” in which Mr. Griffin and his team revealed how a Veterans Affairs hospital in Arizona falsified records to hide the prolonged waiting times. The coverage of the issue led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
In 2016, Mr. Griffin won an Emmy Award for uncovering the fraudulent moneymaking practices of Trump University. His exclusive interview with a former Trump University instructor revealed how the institute focused on luring participants to pay for more seminars rather than teaching them real estate strategies. “We were bringing in the money,” the instructor shared with Mr. Griffin.
Two years later, Mr. Griffin and his colleagues uncovered sexual assault and abuse cases against more than 100 Uber drivers, leading the company to bring in new safety features and revamp its background-check protocols.
Mr. Griffin’s recent work focused on the challenges to American democracy in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection led by Trump followers; his coverage was cited in court filings by the Justice Department and the House committee investigating the riots.
Mr. Griffin’s reporting took him around the world. In Somalia, he covered a devastating famine, in Singapore he reported on illegal drift net fishermen and in El Salvador he narrated stories of gang members. While reporting on Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017, he rescued a man from a sinking truck.
In 2008, then vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave CNN her first interview, with Mr. Griffin pushing Palin on a report that found she had made an ethics violation in her handling of the firing of her estranged brother-in-law, an incident that became known as “Troopergate.”
Andrew Charles Griffin was born Oct. 21, 1962. His father, a civil engineer, served in the Army and retired from the Cook County (Ill.) Highway Department. His mother, a lawyer, served as a lead lawyer in the Illinois state appellate research division.
Mr. Griffin spent 10 years working at CBS News 2 in Los Angeles before he joined CNN. A communications graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he began his career as a reporter and cameraman for WICD-TV in Illinois and later in Florida, Washington and South and North Carolina.
Survivors include his wife, Margot; three children, Ele, Louis and Miles; and two grandchildren.
When he was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress in 2015, Mr. Griffin joked that it was rare to be welcomed in Washington — a nod to the tough questions he was known for asking lawmakers. A compilation video prepared by CNN showed subjects slamming doors in his face, or walking — or even running — away to avoid him. He kept asking anyway.
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CNN employees expressed their grief and condolences Monday after the network announced that senior investigative correspondent Drew Griffin died at age 60 after a long battle with cancer.
A revered investigative reporter known for impactful work on an array of topics, Griffin passed away Saturday, his family said. CNN CEO Chris Licht paid tribute to Griffin’s life and career in a memo to staffers Monday.
“Drew’s death is a devastating loss to CNN and our entire profession,” Licht said in the memo, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “A highly acclaimed investigative journalist, Drew’s work had incredible impact and embodied the mission of this organization in every way. He cared about seeking the truth and holding the powerful to account. He was hard-hitting, but always fair.”
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