Isabel Kinnear Griffin, 82, a reporter, columnist, and news bureau executive for 44 years before retiring in 1968 who was active in professional organizations, died Aug. 21 in her home in Washington after a stroke.

Mrs. Griffin was a native of Lexington, Va., and attended Longwood College in Farmville, Va. She came to Washington in 1924 and worked for the Worcester (Mass.) Gazette and the Springfield (Mass.) Union.

She and her husband, Bulkley S. Griffin founded the old Griffin News Bureau in the mid-1920s. The Bureau served papers primarily in New England. Mr. Griffin died in 1967, and the Bureau became what is now the Griffin-Larrabee News Bureau.

Over the years, Mrs. Griffin was a feature writer and columnist with the Griffin Bureau. In 1944, she chaired Eleanor Roosevelt's White House Press Conference Association, a war-time organization for members of the press covering Mrs. Roosevelt.

Mrs. Griffin was a member of what now is the Washington Press Club, the American Newswomen's Club and the National Democratic Women's Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Charmian G. Clark of Concord, Mass.; two brothers, Duncan Lyle Kinnear of Blacksburg, Va., and Horace Kinnear of Lexington, and three grandchildren.