CNN received 14 nominations for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, it was announced today. CNN’s diverse nominations encompass television programming, newsgathering, digital, and Spanish-language, and include:
Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
Rescue from Mt. Sinjar, reported by Elise Labott, Barbara Starr, Ivan Watson, anchor Wolf Blitzer
Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Anderson Cooper 360
Crisis At The VA, Veterans Dying While Waiting For Care, reported by Drew Griffin
Theme Parks Investigation, reported by Kyra Phillips
CNN’s year-long investigation into delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals has been awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association. CNN’s investigative team, led by senior investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, exposed a widespread national crisis within the Veterans Affairs healthcare system; eventually leading to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the passage of federal legislation, and a fundamental change in how veterans’ medical appointments are made, recorded and reported.
The judges' citations of CNN's reporting:
CNN’s Coverage of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
CNN approached the Boko Haram kidnapping horror from many angles, even moving Isha Sesay’s daily show to Abuja to raise the profile of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Sesay’s tough, live-TV interviewing, along with high-risk field reporting of Nima Elbagir, Arwa Damon and other CNN journalists, made the network’s coverage comprehensive and indispensable.
CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA High-impact journalism, CNN’s investigation into delays in care at Veteran Affairs hospitals exposed a systemic VA breakdown, eventually leading to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the passage of federal legislation, and a dramatic change in how veterans’ medical appointments are made, recorded and reported.
CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin has been honored with the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, it was announced yesterday by the National Press Foundation.
The year-long series “Congress for Sale” on Anderson Cooper 360 examined the growing obsession with fundraising by members of congress. The near non-stop fundraising, which leads to an all too cozy relationship with lobbyists and others seeking influence on Capitol Hill, creates a system that many in the series called legalized extortion.
In recognizing Griffin’s reporting, the National Press Freedom judges said, “Drew Griffin produced a profound series of pieces illuminating the dark side of elected officials and big business. It succinctly explained how members of Congress abuse enormous amounts of money for personal gain. It took the veil off the relationship between lobbyists, politicians, and the town they work in.”
CNN Senior Producer David Fitzpatrick worked with Griffin on the year-long series "Congress for Sale."
"Hired Guns" takes an in-depth look at how guns can be put into the hands of security guards in the U.S. who endanger public safety.
Special Investigative Reports Airs Tuesday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 10 during Anderson Cooper 360° at 8pm ET
A yearlong investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) found, despite the image of safety, armed security guards often themselves pose a threat to the public due to a combination of lax laws, minimal oversight and almost no accountability. FULL POST
DEADLY HIGH: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids
CNN Takes an In-Depth Look at the Havoc
Designer Drugs are Wreaking on America’s Youth
Special Investigative Report Airs Tuesday, Dec 2nd 9pmET
Meet “Molly”, a synthetic drug that, along with “N-Bomb”, “Bath Salts” and “Spice”, is wreaking havoc on America’s youth. These dangerous synthetic drugs are sold under store counters and over the Internet, with hundreds of websites delivering them straight to your door. And the kicker? There’s no way of telling what’s in them. Manufacturers continually change the chemical composition to stay ahead of law enforcement; and there’s no quality control over the 300-plus chemical variations that have come into the United States over the past four years, mainly from China.
In the CNN Special Report Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids, Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin will take viewers on an in-depth journey into the world of synthetic drugs, focusing on the deaths of two teenagers in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Here, Drew will speak to family members of Christian Bjerk and Elijah Stai, both of whom died from taking a synthetic designer drug most have never heard of: 25I-NBOMBe (also known as 2C-I-NBOMe). Drew will also speak with law enforcement about their investigation into the deaths, and trace the path of the 25I-NBOMBe chemicals to North Dakota.
In this CNN Investigations report, Drew Griffin follows the trail to Texas, where he speaks exclusively with Charles Carlton, a man who’s facing a long prison sentence for running an online company that imported chemicals and sold them as synthetic designer drugs across the United States; the same chemicals that killed Bjerk and Stai.
With overdoses and deaths across the country, why is the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic designer drugs able to continue? Drew Griffin will speak with scientists, American officials and law enforcement to get answers in the CNN Special Report Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids, airing on Tuesday, December 2nd at 9pmET/PT on CNN.
Anderson Cooper 360° has been reporting on allegations of veterans dying while waiting for care at VA hospitals. Drew Griffin spoke with a doctor who claimed one hospital was even keeping a secret waiting list.
For the past six months, AC360°'s Drew Griffin has repeatedly asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to talk about the allegations. This week two veterans groups, including the American Legion, and two U.S. senators called on Shinseki to resign.
Now he's breaking his silence, but he is still not speaking with Drew.
Two U.S. Senators are now calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. This comes a day after the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans group, called on Shinseki to step down. It follows Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin's reports on allegations of vets dying while waiting for care from VA hospitals.
Link to Drew’s report below –
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is now responding to allegations of U.S. Veterans dying while waiting for care at a Phoenix VA Hospital. It comes less than 24 hours after AC360° aired Drew Griffin's report that showed VA Hospital Director Sharon Helman speeding away from his camera, before finally sitting down to deny allegations made by a retired doctor that her hospital kept a secret waiting list.
CNN’s Drew Griffin has the latest twist in the case.
President Obama called for an investigation into a Phoenix VA hospital after AC360° exposed a former VA doctor's claim of at least 40 deaths of U.S. Military veterans last week. Three members of Arizona's congressional delegation want the hospital's director fired. Senior Investigative Reporter Drew Griffin tracked her down. The initial response was not-so-welcoming.