- The Huffington Post
- the San Francisco Chronicle and sfgate.com "City Brites"
- Reader Supported News
- 2 Edward R Murrow Awards
- 9 Emmies
- 37 Emmy Nominations
- National Casey Award for reporting to help stop exploitation of America's poorest Children
- 7 Radio Television News Director Association Awards for Reporting
- 2006 People's Choice Award for Best Local TV News Anchor (Female) - Oakland Magazine
- 2005 Associated Press Anchor of the Year
- 2005 Women in Media Award
- 2005 Genesis Award
- 2005 National Emmy nomination for Writing
- 2004 Women In Radio & Television Award
- 2002 Associated Press Commendation for being the first to confirm that on 9/11 the passengers on flight 93 did indeed fight back.
- 2006 National Emmy nomination for writing.
Griffith received the prestigious Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. The Casey award is given to individuals who have helped stop the exploitation of America’s children. “Candy Kids,” an inside look at the illegal exploitation of young children across the country, earned her the first place Casey Award. The reports stopped the practice of putting America's poorest children out on the streets begging for money. Money that eventually found it's way to the Mafia.
Griffith received the People’s Choice Award for best female anchor of 2006 from Oakland Magazine. Griffith earned an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005 for Best Market Newscast in the United States. Griffith was at the anchor desk. She received another Edward R. Murrow Award for a series on San Francisco’s homeless. Below, Griffith receives the Genesis Award for reporting on harsh conditions for circus animals. That led to an extensive story about M-tuberculosis in performing Asian elephants and it's transference to humans.
Photo: National Genesis Award in Los Angeles
Photo: Griffith's first and favorite Bay Area co-anchor George Watson.
In 2005 the Associated Press named Griffith Broadcaster of the Year. The Associated Press also commended Griffith for confirming on 9/11, 2001 that the passengers on flight 93 did indeed fight back.
Among Griffith’s other honors are seven Radio and Television News Director Association Awards, one of which was for Best Sports Report which was a humorous spoof on women who don’t follow sports. One was for reports from Romania entitled "Lost children of Romania." Griffith received an RTNDA award for an hour program she produced, wrote and reported called, "To Russia with Love." She also received a national Emmy nomination for that program and won a local Emmy.
Griffith earned both a Local Emmy and an RTNDA award for Best Newscast three consecutive years. She also earned both awards for Best live reporting during the L.A. riots.
Photo: Romania crew joins us near where Ceausescu was killed. Leslie on the far right, with the photographer Don McQuaig
In 2001, before 9/11,the newscast Griffith co-anchored, won the Project for Excellence in Journalism award ranking the newscast the best in the nation. P.B.S. reported on the balanced, relevant, news source. "Due to lack of funding the Project for Excellence in Journalism is no longer monitoring local and national newscasts." Griffith says, "How telling is that? Fifteen years ago, we covered news locally, and around the world--real boots on the ground reporting. Back then, broadcasts were honored for providing context and perspective. There are six mega corporations that own our nation's most prestigious airwaves today. That is a problem. All of those broadcast networks have a view of the world according to what helps them make the most money. The owners of main-stream Broadcast news answer to stock-holders instead of the American people. If reporters were allowed to do their jobs by protecting citizens, that would often mean pointing a finger at the very people who pay their salaries. Reporters working inside the main-stream have fallen silent for many years."
Griffith adds,"Today's main-stream newscasts often sedate, cross promote television shows with movies, provide infotainment, or sell wars.The bravest reporters are now independent of all that. They are also broke, but money is not my favorite form of currency...time is."
Griffith says her most prized Emmy is for a report called “Coming Home,” a poignant story about a Vietnam soldier Missing in Action. His remains were brought back to California 30 years later. Griffith says, "If one really wants to read an eye opening book, read Kiss the Boys Goodbye. We must do a better job of protecting our veterans from those who profit from war."
Before reporting for television, Griffith began her career in newspaper. She worked for the Associated Press and The Denver Post. Griffith has reported from around the country and the world on everything from hurricanes to developments from inside the former Soviet Union during the cold war.
Photo: Traveling from (then Leningrad) to Moscow to interview Gorbachev