Drew Griffin is dead: the investigative journalist for CNN was 60

The company announced that Drew Griffin, a senior investigative reporter for CNN, died on December 17 from cancer. He was 60 years old.

Griffin has contributed hundreds of stories and worked on multiple CNN documentaries, having spent more than two decades on the company’s investigative team. Throughout his reporting career, Griffin has collected numerous Emmys, Peabodys, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

“Brave and majestic at the same time, he knew how to push a story to its limits, but also tell it in a way that everyone would understand,” CNN executive vice president of programming Mike Bass said in a statement. “How often has he chased down someone unwilling to meet him? How often has he spoken truth to power? How often has he made a difference in something important… It has been an honor to be his colleague and witness to his work and the ways in which it has changed the world.”

Some of the stories Griffin has worked on include investigations into patient deaths at VA hospitals, sexual assault allegations against Uber drivers, fraud allegations against Trump University, a one-on-one interview with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over 2020 election fraud, and reporting. In the aftermath of the January 6 rebellion and more.

A native of Chicago, Griffin began his career as a reporter for WICD-TV in Champaign, Illinois. Prior to joining CNN, Griffin worked for television stations throughout Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington. His focus on investigative reporting began at KIRO-TV in Seattle, then expanded when he joined CBS 2 News Los Angeles in 1994, helping create the station’s investigative team.

He is survived by his wife, Margot, and children, Eli Just and Louis, and Miles Griffin, along with two grandchildren.


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