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  Kenneth Miller
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  A versatile, artful and award-winning journalist, I've reported from four continents for national magazines. Specialties include human interest, science, the environment, entertainment, religion and crime. I'm also a veteran editor, known for transforming muddled manuscripts into models of vivid and well-structured prose.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 10 Years
Reporter 28 Years
Writer 28 Years
Specialty
Arts & Humanities 28 Years
Environment & Nature 14 Years
Science 18 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
26 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Reader's Digest (11+), Ladies' Home Journal (11+), Discover (6-10), USA Weekend (3-5), Prevention (3-5), LA Weekly (1-2), More (1-2), Mother Jones (1-2), Parade (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Aptel Research (3-5)
Other Work History
FREELANCE WRITER
1984-present
Have written for Discover, Elle, Esquire, Life, More, Mother Jones, Parents, Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone, Salon, Time, and other major publications.
* Reported from Tanzania, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Iceland, and elsewhere.

FREELANCE EDITOR
2012
Developmental editor on The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling, by Quinn Cummings (Perigee, 2012).

READER'S DIGEST
West Coast Editor, Jan. 2008- June 2010
Senior Writer, 2007-2008
Wrote, assigned and edited stories. Beats: Human interest, science, crime, film, essays, Q&As.

PEOPLE
Senior Editor, 2000-2003
Oversaw sections covering human interest, politics, education, medicine, literature, visual arts, environment, and family issues, as well as celebrity as-told-to features.

LIFE
Senior Writer, 1995-1999
* Nominated for National Magazine Award for feature on Gulf War syndrome.
* Wrote internationally recognized cover story on conjoined Hensel twins.
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Quark, InCopy, Lotus Notes
Foreign Language Skills
Conversational Spanish and French
References
Available on request
Awards
Folio Eddie Award
ASJA Award
E.T. Meredith Award for Creative Excellence
Wilbur Award for Religious Reporting
National Magazine Award Finalist
John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism
EDI Award, National Easter Seal Society
Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship
Associations
ASJA
Other
BOOKS
Senior Writer
Decades of the Twentieth Century: The Way We Were. LIFE Books, 1999
The LIFE Millennium. LIFE Books, 1998
LIFE Album 1995: Pictures of the Year. LIFE Books, 1996

Senior Writer and Editor
Our Times: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Twentieth Century. Turner Books, 1995

MEDIA APPEARANCES
Have been interviewed on The Today Show, Late Night With Larry King, CNN Newsroom, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, and other programs.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Los Angeles, CA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Profiles  
(Discover, 8/1/2013)
Crusading mycologist Paul Stamets says mushrooms are key to human and environmental health -- and can clean up everything from oil spills to nuclear meltdowns.
(Reader's Digest, 3/1/2008)
Profile of Sean D. Tucker, the Michael Jordan of aerobatics.
(More, 5/1/2007)
Portrait of Barbara Mulvaney, an American lawyer who bounced back from a devastating midlife crisis to become a prosecutor for the Rwanda war crimes tribunal. Reported from Africa.
Drama/Adventure  
(Reader's Digest, 10/1/2009)
When a pilot dies at the controls of a private plane, a passenger takes over.
(Reader's Digest, 6/1/2008)
Trapped in their pickup truck by a blizzard, a married couple survive for 12 days in Utah's remote wilderness.
Environment  
(Mother Jones, 5/1/2006)
In Alaska's Bristol Bay region, the continent's biggest gold mine could put the world's largest salmon fishery out of business. An investigation.
(Los Angeles Times Magazine, 8/1/2004)
In a peaceful California mountain town, a battle over bottling spring water grows violent. Cover story.
Crime  
(Reader's Digest, 2/1/2007)
A young woman is killed on a moonlit beach, and her husband is wounded in the attack. Or was he the gunman?
Entertainment  
(Reader's Digest, 5/1/2007)
An appreciation of Eastwood, tracing his evolution from TV cowboy to serious director -- with comments from Gene Hackman, Ryan Phillippe, Emmy Rossum and others.
(Reader's Digest, 6/1/2005)
As Steven Spielberg's Martian invasion film makes clear, our monsters tell us a lot about ourselves.
(Reader's Digest, 6/1/2005)
Newscaster Brian Williams talks about the person who influenced him most -- Tom Brokaw. I wrote the story in Williams's "voice," based on a one-hour phone interview.
(Reader's Digest, 1/1/2005)
Behind the scenes with director Joel Schumacher and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber during the making of "The Phantom of the Opera."
Books  
(Salon, 1/26/2005)
Q&A with M.G. Lord, author of the memoir "Astro-Turf" -- with juicy revelations about the secret history of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Science/Technology  
(Discover, 10/1/2013)
Neurobiologist Carla Shatz discovered that immune molecules help shape the wiring of the brain. Could they also be key to treating autism, schizophrenia and stroke?
(Discover, 9/1/2005)
Archaeologists feud bitterly over how civilization in the Americas got its start 5,000 years ago. Reported from Peru.
Trends  
(Time, 12/20/1999)
Affluent suburbanites take up an unlikely new sport: competitive sheep herding.
Contact Info
  Kenneth Miller
Los Angeles, CA 
USA

E-Mail: ken_miller_391@att.net
Website: http://www.kennethmiller.net