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
April 13, 2016
Five years ago, Ian Burkhart broke his neck at the beach, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Now he has regained some movement in his hands and fingers thanks to technology that communicates his thoughts directly to his muscles. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the big breakthrough in neural engineering. Continue reading →
April 6, 2016
When weather events like El Niño impose themselves, everybody on the planet feels it. Scientists are getting better at predicting El Niño, but there is still a lot they don’t know amid an absence of data. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien follows along as weather scientists gather information in Hawaii by air and by sea. Continue reading →
March 13, 2016
He was a shift supervisor on duty on March 11, 2011 when the earthquake and nuclear meltdown occurred in Japan, and by all accounts performed heroically inside a pitch dark control room at a nuclear power plant that was melting down. But when I asked him whether he viewed himself in heroic terms, he didn’t just demur. He took exception.
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February 8, 2016
In Brazil, health workers are searching for the smoking gun link between the virus and infant microcephaly, while troops attack mosquito breeding grounds and mothers of affected children face the long-term consequences. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading →
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 →