Former CNN science and space correspondent Miles O’Brien is joining the “PBS NewsHour” as its science reporter.
O’Brien left CNN in December, 2008 when the network shuttered its science and technology unit. Since then he has appeared as host of the PBS miniseries “Blueprint America,” and as a guest expert in space and aviation issues on a number of TV newscasts.
“I’m delighted to join the PBS NewsHour team,” said O’Brien in a statement. ”Science is so important to our lives and the NewsHour has a reputation for giving thoughtful and in-depth coverage to all its reporting. I look forward to producing work that helps people better understand the work being done by scientists today.”
The cable news channels have largely abandoned serious science reporting, leaving most of the coverage to the broadcast news divisions and PBS, which is home to programs such as “Nova.”
In recent months all three cable news channels have run spurious science stories, including a Fox News report on the supposed vaccine-autism correlation, an MSNBC report claiming that research proves that the chicken came before the egg, and a CNN report on a woman who magically “regrew” part of her finger by using a dubious product.
CNN also confirmed earlier this year that it had shelved its “Planet in Peril” documentary series.
More information about O’Brien’s hiring after the jump.