Jeffrey Veatch

Jeffrey Veatch retired from ABC News in 2015 to devote more time as a motivational speaker. He had been a news writer for more than three decades and won a Writers’ Guild Award in 2007 for World News This Week. In 2008, Veatch’s life took a drastic turn when his 17 year old son, Justin, who had been about to record his first music album, died after snorting a small amount of heroin. In honor of their son the Veatch family created the non-profit Justin Veatch Fund which awards scholarships and creates programs for musically talented teens.¬† Veatch also created the multi-media talk “A Message from Justin” that inspires young people to take better care of themselves and their friends. In 2014 the independent documentary film Whispering Spirits¬† which tells the Veatch family story premiered at the Jacob Burns Film Center and is now available free of charge to community coalitions across the U-S along with a discussion guide designed for classroom and public programs. The film can be requested at