John Miller (journalist)

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John Miller
circa 2006
Born 1958/1959 (age 60–61)[1]
Occupation Deputy Commissioner New York Police Department
Spouse(s) Emily Helen Altschul (m. 2002)
Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism, New York City Police Department
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by David Cohen

John Miller (born 1958 or 1959)[1] is the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism of the NYPD. He is the former Associate Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analytic Transformation and Technology.[2] Prior to that, he was an Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he was the bureau's national spokesman. Miller is also a former ABC News reporter and anchorman, perhaps best known for conducting a May 1998 interview with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.[3][4]

John Miller was named a senior correspondent for CBS News on October 17, 2011. In this capacity, Miller reported for all CBS News platforms and broadcasts, including "CBS This Morning" and occasionally for "60 Minutes."[5]

Background and personal life

Miller is the son of Lucinda Miller of Manhattan and the late John J. Miller, a syndicated columnist and freelance writer[6] whose range of roles included Hollywood gossip columnist, foreign correspondent, Broadway critic, crime investigator, and political pundit.[7] "My dad wrote seven columns under six different names... Antonio from Rome. Pierre from Paris. Nigel from London," Miller has said. His father was also a close friend of Luciano crime family boss Frank Costello, whose wife, Lauretta, was Miller's godmother.[7]

In 2002, Miller married Emily Helen Altschul, daughter of banking mogul and Goldman Sachs Group partner Arthur Goodhart Altschul[6] and member of the Lehman family. Miller's brother-in-law, Arthur Altschul, Jr., worked for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley before becoming chairman of Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.[8]


Miller began work as a journalist in 1973 for WNEW, a local New York City television station. From 1985 to 1994, he worked as an investigative journalist for WNBC, another local New York television station.

From 1994 to 1995, he served as deputy police commissioner of New York City, where he was the chief spokesman for the NYPD,[9] a move that some of his colleagues considered "going over to the dark side." He was hired at the request of then Commissioner William Bratton.[7]

Miller then worked as an ABC News correspondent from 1995 until January 2002, when he took the post of co-anchor with Barbara Walters of the ABC News program, 20/20. During his tenure at ABC, Miller is also recognized for covering the September 11, 2001 attacks, where he sat alongside Peter Jennings for the duration of the day listening in to radio conversations from the FBI, FDNY and NYPD, informing Jennings and viewers of their content.

In January 2003, he left ABC News to rejoin Bratton who by then was at the Los Angeles Police Department. Miller served as the police department's Bureau Chief for the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau,[9] which included the Major Crimes Division, and the Emergency Services Division and the Special Investigations Section (SIS). While there, Miller launched the Archangel Critical Asset Assessment Management System (ACAMS), which has been adopted by other cities and states for ongoing risk-assessment of potential terrorist targets. Miller was also one of the original designers of the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC), which combines intelligence and analysis for the LAPD, LA Sheriff, and the FBI.

In September 2005, Miller became the Assistant Director for Public Affairs at the FBI in Washington, D.C.. In this position, he was tasked with overseeing the FBI's internal and external communications, including relations with the news media and handling of fugitive publicity, community relations, and other communications support.[9] Miller also established an Employee Communications Unit to build stronger internal communications to the bureau's 31,000 employees.[citation needed] Among his collateral duties was to serve on the Strategic Execution Team (SET) to establish performance measurement standards for intelligence operations across the FBI's 56 field offices.[citation needed] The system, adapted from the CompStat process used by major police departments, is overseen by FBI Director Robert Mueller.[citation needed]

Awards and honors

Miller's journalistic awards include two Peabody Awards,[10][11] a DuPont-Columbia Award,[12] and nine Emmys.[citation needed]

In December 2013, Miller announced that he would be resigning from CBS in order to take a position as the Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence & Counterterrorism with the NYPD. Miller will be rejoining William Bratton, who had earlier been announced as the new NYPD Commissioner by Mayor Bill de Blasio.[13]

Memberships and affiliations

He is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Miller is an instructor at the FBI's National Executive Institute, as well as the Leadership in Counterterrorism (LinCT) course and has attended training in organizational change at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bratton: CBS News correspondent John Miller to be NYPD's counter-terrorism chief". Daily News. New York. January 3, 2014. The 55-year-old from New Jersey has held top jobs in the NYPD, FBI, and ran counter-terror efforts for the LAPD under Police Commissioner Bill Bratton<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Chief FBI Spokesman John Miller Stepping Down,, August 18, 2009
  3. "Who Is Bin Laden?", PBS Frontline, May 1998.
  4. "1998 – Osama Bin Laden Interview with ABC John Miller", YouTube.
  5. John Miller, biography on
  6. 6.0 6.1 WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Emily Altschul, John Miller, New York Times, November 24, 2002.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 John Miller: CBS's Inside Man, Men's Journal, March 2013.
  8. Profile of Arthur Altschul, Forbes
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 John Miller Named Assistant Director of FBI Office of Public Affairs, FBI National Press Office, August 23, 2005.
  10. Miller The Peavy Investigation
  11. Miller ABC News Coverage of September 11, 2001
  12. 2014 Winners
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