Journalist
Journalist

Chris Whipple’s career in journalism has spanned forty years and countless major world events. He began in Washington D.C. as assistant to Richard Holbrooke at Foreign Policy Magazine; as a correspondent at LIFE Magazine, he covered apartheid in South Africa; revolution in the Philippines; famine in East Africa – and conflicts in El Salvador, Lebanon and Northern Ireland.

He interviewed Winnie Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, Ted Kennedy and other world leaders; and wrote profiles of Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert. At 60 Minutes, Mr. Whipple produced segments on Imelda Marcos, Corazon Aquino, John Connally, George H.W. Bush and John McEnroe. He won a Peabody Award for “Mr. Snow Goes to Washington,” which resulted in a national ban on lawn darts.

At ABC News PrimeTime, Whipple produced investigations into mammography and workers compensation fraud; he won the national Emmy for Investigative Reporting for “Morgan Medical,” a medical clinic rigged with hidden cameras that captured doctors and middlemen offering illegal kickbacks for patients.

He pioneered the use of hidden cameras in social experiments, including an Emmy-nominated story on the fatal allure of guns to children. He also created and was Executive Producer of the hit ABC News series, What Would You Do?, with John Quinones, which captures ordinary people’s reactions to ethical dilemmas. As the producer of Pastor to Power: Billy Graham and the Presidents, with Charles Gibson, Whipple directed interviews about faith and the presidency with all the living ex-presidents.

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