Get to Know Richard Griffiths, President of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation

Get to Know Richard Griffiths, President of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation

On January 24th, 2019, Richard Griffiths will be honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the DiGamma Kappa Broadcast Society with the “Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting and Cable For Exceptional Service.” Griffiths will be the keynote speaker at the annual banquet hosted by the two organizations.

Richard T. Griffiths currently serves as President of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, volunteering his time to focus on government access and free speech issues.

Until he retired in March 2017, Griffiths held the position of Vice-President and Senior Editorial Director for CNN, responsible for global editorial quality control.

In the months since his retirement, Griffiths has taught journalism ethics, investigative reporting, and editorial management in the United States, Jamaica, Poland, and Switzerland.  In Poland, in particular, Griffiths has focused on strengthening free independent journalism.

He is the Stembler Distinguished Visiting Professional at the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism and in 2017 was named Distinguished Industry Fellow at the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

For more than twenty years at CNN, Griffiths oversaw “the Row,” the global network’s editorial vetting operation.  His responsibilities included editorial oversight of CNN’s investigative journalism and the network’s fact-checking operations during the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Presidential elections.  Griffiths also led the CNN team that investigated the 9/11 attacks, for which the team won a National Headliner award. Before taking on his editorial oversight role, Griffiths produced documentaries and special investigations for CNN.

From 1984-1991, Griffiths was a producer for CBS News based in Atlanta and Los Angeles.  His many global assignments included coverage of South African apartheid, the fall of both Baby Doc Duvalier and General Avril in Haiti, aviation safety, NASA’s Space Shuttle program, and Reagan’s Western White House.

Griffiths also was a long-form producer for WFAA-TV in Dallas; an investigative producer for KTVI-TV in Saint Louis; a producer and reporter for WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C.; a news director and reporter for WGBG-Radio in Greensboro; and a stringer for United Press International. He began his journalism career as a college radio reporter in 1974.

Over his career, Griffiths’ work has been recognized with two Emmys, five Peabody awards, and two Investigative Reporters and Editors medals.

Since his retirement, Griffiths has crafted art pieces designed to give historical context to the current tensions between politicians and independent journalism.

Griffiths studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is originally from Britain.

Richard Griffiths is married to Debbie, a Certified Public Accountant.  They have two married children.

Tickets for this event can be purchased HERE.