Photo credit: Vincent Ricardel

Photo credit: Vincent Ricardel


miles o'brien

What can you say about a man who has done it all?  He’s hiked the Denali glacier, trekked to the Ebola hot zone of Western Africa, done an aerial interview with John Glenn while piloting a small plane, toured the damaged reactors of Fukushima, anchored a CNN morning show, and trained with NASA to become the first reporter in space.  No, this isn’t a Dos Equis' commercial for The Most Interesting Man in the World, this is the real life dedication to science, technology and aerospace journalism that Miles O’Brien lives every day.

For thirty years, Americans have tuned in to watch, learn and be amazed by the most important and interesting stories happening in science today told with the insight, honesty and humor that only Miles brings to his work.  

For nearly seventeen of those years, Miles was a staff correspondent for CNN and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning.  After CNN, he started MOBProd as an independent way to pursue science storytelling. He became the science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and began to grow the MOBProd team.

Since then he’s produced and directed independent science documentaries for NOVA, been a correspondent for PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and produced the Science Nation series for the National Science Foundation.  And, not surprisingly, he’s picked up a few awards along the way including several Emmys, a Peabody, and a DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

While on assignment in 2014, a heavy equipment case fell on Miles’s forearm. He developed acute compartment syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow.  But if you think that’s slowed him down, you’d be sorely mistaken.  

Not only has his reporting and producing continued to grow steadily, he’s taken on new physical challenges completing numerous “century rides” on his bicycle, running two marathons, and recently finishing a triathlon.  Still, it’s safe to say that whatever Miles is doing, he’d rather be flying.  An avid aviator, he’s logged over 2,500 hours of flight time and looks forward to returning to the skies on his own soon.