George Crile III (March 5, 1945 - May 15, 2006) was an America journalist, most closely associated with his three decades of work at CBS News, where he was both a producer and reporter until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2006. Before joining CBS at the age of 31, Crile was Washington Editor of Harper’s Magazine. In addition to Harper’s, his articles were published in The Washington Monthly, New Times, The Washington Post Outlook Section and The New York Times.
Crile joined CBS News in 1976 to produce The CIA’s Secret Army, his trail-breaking documentary that chronicled the previously untold story of the CIA?s secret wars on Castro after the Bay of Pigs. His numerous reports from inside the deadly secret worlds of Russia and the United States appeared on 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II as well as an hour-long documentary for CNN. The Overseas Press Club twice awarded Crile its Edward R. Murrow Award for these broadcasts.
In the late 1980s Crile began the research and reporting on the Afghan War that led to his 2003 best selling book, “Charlie Wilson’s War.” It is the basis of a Tom Hanks/Mike Nichols film of the same name, currently in pre-production for release by Universal Studios.