Celebrated CNN investigative journalist Drew Griffin died in Atlanta on 17th December 2022. Griffin famously led the investigative team that shed light on veteran deaths caused by their poor treatment at Veterans Affairs hospital. While accepting a Peabody Award for spearheading the investigation, Griffin said:
“Our goal in this reporting wasn’t just to shed light on this problem. We wanted to effect change, to hold these politicians and bureaucrats responsible.”
Griffin influenced plenty of change through his journalism. For instance, Uber introduced safety features on its app and changed its policy on background checks thanks to Drew’s reporting on the numerous sexual assault allegations against Uber drivers.
Drew loved traveling with his wife, Margot Griffin, and their three children
Drew Griffin was married to Margot Griffin. The couple shared three children – Ele Gast, Louis, and Miles Griffin – named after jazz greats.
When taking a break from work, Drew enjoyed traveling with his family, playing the trumpet, or enjoying golf with friends. Griffin leaves behind his wife, children, his brothers Michael and Peter, and two grandkids.
Condolence messages consoling the family and praising Drew’s work have flooded social media. Poppy Harlow, Drew’s colleague at CNN, tweeted:
“We lost a beloved colleague. Drew Griffin embodied everything that makes a journalist great. He was tenacious, curious, honest, dedicated, and kind. He was admired by all of us @cnn. To his wife Margot and their 3 children, I am so sorry for your loss. We will always remember him.”