CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin dies at 60

CNN reporter Drew Griffin poses with his award during the 74th annual Peabody Awards on May 31, 2015 in New York City.

CNN reporter Drew Griffin poses with his award during the 74th annual Peabody Awards on May 31, 2015 in New York City.

CNN reporter Drew Griffin poses with his award during the 74th annual Peabody Awards on May 31, 2015 in New York City.

CNN’s award-winning investigative correspondent Drew Griffin died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, the channel said.

“Drew’s death is a devastating loss to CNN and our entire profession,” CNN CEO Chris Licht said in a memo to staff. “A highly acclaimed investigative journalist, Drew’s work has had an incredible impact and embodied the mission of this organization in every way.”

“His work ethic was unparalleled,” Licht added. “He spent long hours poring over documents and working on phones. Even as he battled cancer, he refused to give up the reporting that was so important to him and even worked on an investigation until the day he died.

Colleagues remember the journalist as a generous and kind professional who cared deeply about his team and was always ready to mentor young reporters, according to CNN. He reportedly kept his cancer battle private from most of his colleagues.

Griffin worked for nearly two decades on CNN’s investigative team. Among his dozens of hard-hitting investigations were his deep dives into the high number of sexual assault allegations against Uber drivers, fraud complaints against Trump University and financial misconduct in the state drug rehabilitation program. from California.

The veteran journalist has also made memorable forays into news coverage. He was on the ground in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2017, while reporting on Hurricane Harvey, he rescued a man from a sinking van live.

His reporting has earned him numerous prestigious journalism awards, including Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

In an on-air look back at Griffin’s career, CNN’s Anderson Cooper highlighted some of the journalist’s dogged reporting on business, politics, the environment and more, and the real-world change his work has affected.

“His interviews were unwavering and he gave a voice to those who had none.” said Cooper. “Drew was a gifted storyteller dedicated to finding the truth and holding the powerful to account.”

“Drew has won most major journalism awards, but that’s not what drove him. He cared about people and how they were affected.

Griffin got his start in journalism as a cameraman and reporter at the WICD in Champaign, Illinois, near his hometown of Chicago.

He worked at television stations in Illinois, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington before joining CBS 2 News in Los Angeles in 1994, where he helped found the station investigation team. He joined CNN in 2004, moving to Atlanta.

In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Margot, playing the trumpet and golfing with friends, family members told CNN. He had three children: Ele Gast, Louis and Miles Griffin; and two grandchildren.

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