Miles O’Brien is veteran, independent journalist who focuses on science, technology and aerospace.
He is the science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series.
For nearly seventeen of his thirty-two years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the science, environment and aerospace space correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning.
While at CNN, he secured a deal with NASA to become the first journalist to fly on the space shuttle. The project ended with the loss of Columbia and her crew in 2003 – a story he told to the world in a critically acclaimed sixteen-hour marathon of live coverage.
Prior to joining CNN, he worked as a reporter at television stations in Boston, Tampa, Albany, NY and St. Joseph, MO. He began his television career as a desk assistant at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.
O’Brien is an accomplished aviator and aircraft owner who often pilots his airplane to assignments, and is frequently called upon to explain the world of aviation to a mass audience.
He has won numerous awards over the years, including a half-dozen Emmys, and a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, he is based in Washington, DC. He has a son at the US Naval Academy and a daughter at Davidson College in North Carolina. He was a history major at Georgetown University.
Miles's Most Recent Stories
January 28, 2016
Thirty years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff, a tragedy that was broadcast on live television. Nationwide excitement for the mission turned to horror over the crew of seven who died on board. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how the disaster changed space travel and the perception of NASA. Continue reading →
January 8, 2016
Wearable health and fitness gadgets have broken into a sprint at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And no wonder: An estimated 500 million people worldwide now diligently record their steps and leaps. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien examines how a perfect storm of tech advances have driven a boom in real-time health data for consumers, and how it may affect medicine. Continue reading →
December 22, 2015
A SpaceX rocket made a historic landing Monday night. After taking off from Cape Canaveral, the rocket booster landed gently back on Earth, suggesting a possible future for reusable rockets. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the significance. Continue reading →
December 15, 2015
Wind can be a bountiful resource in Tehachapi, California, but not necessarily at the right time. There turbines generate the most energy at night, when the wind blows hardest, and the demand is the lowest. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the wider push for electricity storage solutions that may enable renewables to have a greater impact on the grid. Continue reading →
September 28, 2015
NASA has found evidence of liquid water on Mars. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the inevitable question: does this mean there could be some form of life on the red planet? Continue reading →