CBS News correspondent John Miller just announced on WCBS-TV New York that he is going towork for incoming NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. The two worked together when Bratton was NYPD commissioner in the mid-’90s and again when Bratton was LA’s commissioner, with Miller focused on terrorism preparedness. The news comes just days after some TV-news navel lint pickers scolded Miller over his 60 Minutes report on the NSA — the New York Times calling it “a friendly infomercial for the agency.” Miller is a former FBI official who worked with NSA; some critics said he should have stayed away from the story because of that. Miller responded to the criticism, to the NYT, saying, “As we constructed it, the NSA was a story about a debate, not a villain, and we added to that debate with important information. I fail to understand how a shrill argument for the sake of creating televised drama would have accomplished anything.” A CBS News rep said today in a statement: “John Miller is a remarkable journalist with deep insight into law enforcement. He has been invaluable to the CBS News family. We wish him well in his quest to help make the City of New York a safer place as part of the NYPD. John will always have a home at CBS News.” Here’s CBS News’ announcement of Miller’s new job, via WCBS:
CBS News Senior Correspondent John Miller has announced he is leaving the network to return to the NYPD.
Miller has been a senior correspondent with the network since 2011.
As CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider reported, Miller has had a successful career in two fields: television news and law enforcement.
Miller will return to the department under incoming NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in on Jan. 1 and tapped Bratton to once again lead the department. Ray Kelly has served as police commissioner for the past 12 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Miller did not say what his role will be with the department. But on Thursday afternoon, he discussed the need to focus on intelligence against softer terror attacks.
“The trend is leaning towards low-cost, low-tech, high-impact,” Miller told CBS 2 on Thursday afternoon.
According to his official bio on CBSNews.com, Miller briefly served as New York City Deputy Police Commissioner from 1994-1995, when Bratton was commissioner.
Miller served as chief spokesman for the department during his tenure with the NYPD.
Miller then returned to work in TV and even scored an interview with Osama bin Laden in 1998.
It was back to law enforcement in 2003 when Miller joined the LAPD under then-chief Bill Bratton as the head of the Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau.
He oversaw the LAPD’S bomb squad, its major crimes division and its hazardous materials unit.
It was at the LAPD where Miller launched a system that helps to identify potential terrorist targets, Schneider reported.
“The message going out from al Qaeda central is not ‘we need you to come here and train up in our camps and be deployed in our operations.’ The message going out is not from al Qaeda as much as it’s al Qaeda-ism, which is do what you can do with the resources you have,” Miller said on Thursday.
Miller previously worked for the FBI and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to his bio. In that role, he worked across the intelligence community with the CIA, FBI and National Security Administration, Schneider reported.
He has spent years reporting on al Qaeda, the Sept. 11 terror attacks and other national security matters.
Since joining CBS News in 2011, Miller has covered major stories like the Times Square bomb plot, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shooting, for which CBS will be awarded the prestigious duPont-Columbia award for breaking news coverage.