David Heath leads a team of data journalist at CNN, focusing on investigative reporting.
David Heath leads a team of data journalists at CNN. His investigative reporting has been nationally recognized for years.
While at the Center for Public Integrity, Heath produced a series with CBS News about a professional race-car driver who secretly bilked millions of borrowers with illegal payday loans. The Federal Trade Commission eventually sued and won a $1.2 billion judgment against the driver.
Heath also produced a series of stories on political interference at the Environmental Protection Agency, prompting the agency to change its conflict-of-interest rules. Another story done in collaboration with PBS Frontline was nominated for a national Emmy.
Heath previously worked as an investigative reporter at the Seattle Times. His work with others there was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the Goldsmith Award, the George Polk and the Gerald Loeb.
His first investigative piece at the Louisville Courier-Journal uncovered sweetheart deals between a governor and a failed insurance company, including secret annual payments of $125,000 for business consulting. The governor was eventually sued and forced to repay $11 million to policyholders.
Heath lives in Atlanta.