The journalist who shook up the 2016 presidential campaign by breaking the story about the 2016 tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been found dead in his apartment. The police are treating the death as a suicide.
Christopher Sign, 45, was found dead in his Birmingham, Alabama apartment Saturday morning around 8 a.m. He was married with three sons.
“Our deepest sympathy is shared with Chris’s loving family and close friends,” said Sinclair Broadcast Group Vice President and General Manager Eric S. Land. “We have lost a revered colleague whose indelible imprint will serve forever as a hallmark of decency, honesty and journalist integrity. We can only hope to carry on Chris’s legacy. May his memory be for blessing,” Land said.
Sign wrote a book about breaking the tarmac story called Secret on the Tarmac. Amazon describes the book:
“The plan was perfect. No cameras, no microphones, no prying eyes and plenty of security. The setting for a clandestine meeting could not have been better. Former President Bill Clinton exited Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s private plane 20-minutes after he boarded. Both thought they got away with it. Both were wrong. Amid a heated Presidential race, federal investigations involving emails and Benghazi and society looking for clarity on the future of the country, the secret tarmac meeting would only complicate things. The secret meeting would have never been revealed if it weren’t for a veteran journalist and a trusted source.”
Sign, who grew up near Dallas, previously worked as a reporter for ABC 33/40 from 2000 to 2005, where he covered the 2001 Brookwood mine disaster and hurricanes Charlie, Frances and Ivan.
While a reporter and morning anchor at ABC affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix, Sign broke the story of the June 2016 secret tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Sign also won a 2014 Emmy Award for breaking news for his coverage of the shooting of two Phoenix police officers, as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for spot news, for his coverage of the search for the “Baseline Killer” and “Serial Shooter” who terrorized Phoenix in the summer of 2016.
Sign attended the University of Alabama in the 1990s and spent four years as an offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide under former coach Gene Stallings.
NEW – Reporter Christopher Sign (45), who broke the story on Clinton-Lynch's controversial tarmac meeting in 2016 amid Hillary's unauthorized email server use scandal, found dead; being investigated as an apparent suicide.https://t.co/sVLtyL9ZoM— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) June 13, 2021
TV anchor and former Alabama football player Christopher Sign has died.— HARRISFAULKNER (@HARRISFAULKNER) June 13, 2021
I never met him but know his work: At KNXV-TV in Phoenix, Sign broke the news of the secret tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and AG Loretta Lynch. #RIPSign 🙏🏼 https://t.co/5MCretUVzv
We are still in shock over this news. Chris was a very good friend, and an incredible journalist. The grief today has been overwhelming. https://t.co/ulV8V5IxsK— James Spann (@spann) June 12, 2021