Thanks for your question.
The correct spelling of the individual on whom The Insider was based
is Jeffrey Wigand, which is why you had such a hard time finding
anything on him.
Im pleased to say that he has a web site that has a plethora of
information about him and his activities. After he left Brown &
Williamson, Wigand took a job teaching high school in Louisville until
1996. He taught Japanese, biology, chemistry and physics. Since his
involvement with CBS exposing the practices of the tobacco industry,
Wigand set up a non-profit organization called Smoke Free Kids, of
which he is president and founder, and partly due to the success of
The Insider is now very active on the lecture circuit.
Although he lost a great deal by going public (his wife divorced him
and his children were estranged from him; there were also lawsuits and
death threats with which he had to deal), he has regained a great
deal. The lawsuit was dismissed as a condition of the June 20, 1997
historic settlement between the Attorneys General of 40 States and the
tobacco industry. He no longer needs round-the-clock security and has
reconciled with his children. With the help of the CDC, he created an
educational video more suitable for younger audiences, for who the
Insider might not be appropriate, called Secrets Through the Smoke.
Jeffrey Wigand: The Whistle-Blower
The main website for Wigand is at:
In an interview with the Alumni magazine of his alma mater, University
at Buffalo also mentions that he also earned a graduate degree (a MAT
in secondary education from the University of Louisville), during the
period after he left Brown & Williamson.
inside The Insider, by Leon M. Rubin. UBtoday
The transcript of his 1996 interview with 60 Minutes is available:
Jeffrey Wigand on 60 Minutes, February 4, 1996
This transcript of a Frontline episode may be of interest to you.
After failing to turn anything up with a Google search of jeffrey
wigan, I went to the IMDB and did a search on insider and got the
correct spelling from their site (http://www.imdb.com).
I hope this answers your question. If you require additional
information or if the links do not work, please ask me for
clarification before rating my answer and I will do my best to assist