Alan Miller (journalist)

Alan C. Miller (born March 5, 1954[1]) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and the founder and CEO of The News Literacy Project,[2] a national education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to offer resources and tools that help middle school and high school students learn to separate fact from fiction. In 2020, NLP expanded its audience to include people of all ages.[3]

Alan C. Miller
Born (1954-03-05) March 5, 1954 (age 67)
EducationWesleyan University, University of Hawaii at Manoa
EmployerNews Literacy Project
TitleFounder and CEO
Awards2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting


Born in New York City, Miller was raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey.[4] In 1976, he received a bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Wesleyan considers him one of its "notable alumni."[5] He received a master's degree in political science in 1978 from the University of Hawaii[2] and was a student participant at the East-West Center's Communication Institute. During his post-graduate studies he was an intern in the Tokyo bureau of The Washington Post.

Miller has served on the advisory board of Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy[6] and the board of the American Society of News Editors.[7] He was a fellow at the Japan Society in 1998 and the Peter Jennings Project at the National Constitution Center in 2008. He has spoken at a number of colleges and universities and has appeared on panels sponsored by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Center for Journalists, the National Endowment for Democracy, and Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.[8]


Miller was a reporter for The Times Union in Albany, New York, and The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey, before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1987. Seven years later he became a member of the Times' investigative team in Washington.[9] During his career, he received more than a dozen national journalism awards, including for reports on illegal foreign contributions to Democratic candidates (the 1996 George Polk Award, the 1997 National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting and the 1997 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting) and for "The Vertical Vision," a series, written with Kevin Sack, about the dangers of the Marine Corps' McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II jet (the 2002 Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the 2003 Associated Press Managing Editors Association Public Service Award).

In 2006, he was invited to tell the sixth-grade classes at his daughter's school in Bethesda, Maryland, about his work as a journalist. The 175 thank-you notes he received led him to consider the impact that journalists could have in the classroom. Two years later he left the Times and founded the News Literacy Project.[10] In December 2020, Washingtonian magazine named him a Washingtonian of the Year.[11]



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  9. ^ "U-Haul: About this series". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2021-01-29.
  10. ^ Holder, William (2010-06-15). "Check It Twice". Wesleyan University Magazine.
  11. ^ "Meet Our 2020 Washingtonians of the Year". Washingtonian. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
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  13. ^ "Times Wins 2 Top Honors in Headliner Awards". Los Angeles Times. 1997-03-19.
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  16. ^ "The John B. Oakes Award for Environmental Journalism". Columbia Journalism School.
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