Journalist-policeman John Miller

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 18, 2004

I enjoyed the news reports and expert commentary of former ABC reporter John Miller. Where is he now?

—Kathleen J., via e-mail

He’s heading up the Counter Terrorism Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department. Miller spent more than 20 years as a TV journalist, until 1994, when he accepted a job as chief spokesman for New York Police Chief William Bratton. When Bratton left, Miller went back to reporting, joining ABC News in 1997. A year later he went to Afghanistan to interview Osama bin Laden, then little-known to the American public. Miller went on to report on the growing danger of terrorism in the world, and of Bin Laden’s role in it. He developed an expertise on the subject, writing a book about Sept. 11, The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot and Why the FBI and CIA Failed To Stop It. When Bratton took the job of top cop in Los Angeles, he asked Miller to join him again, this time to advise him on homeland security. Though he was at the top of his game as a journalist, co-anchoring 20/20 with Barbara Walters, Miller accepted. “One of the things I found most appealing about journalism was that it offered you a front row seat to the greatest show on Earth,” he explains. “One of the things that I enjoy more about policing is that you don’t have to sit in the front row. You can be in the center ring.”