Miles is a 26-year broadcast news veteran – with nearly 17 years as CNN’s science, space, technology and environment correspondent. He is now on his own – based in New York City – working on numerous projects that leverage his experience, talent and passion.


58 Responses to “About”

  1. Alfonso X Moreno Says:

    Hi Mr. O’brien,

    I am a Space enthusiast and have followed the Space program since I can remember back in the 70’s during the Apollo program.
    Now in my 40’s, my interest in Space has turned into a hobby, building paper models of the whole Space Shuttle program.
    Visitors from all around the world know about my site, specially youngsters who are showing a great interest in space and technology.
    Please feel free to send me your feedback.
    Visit me at:

    Alfonso X Moreno
    Port St Lucie, Fl

  2. David Morrison Says:

    Hey Miles,

    Dean Breest sent me a link to your site. Great to see you back in business. I’d appreciate it if you could shoot me an offline e-mail. I need to ask you about one of our alums who is a NASA administrator.

  3. Diana Jennings Says:

    I can’t believe that you, such a lucid, passionate and fun voice for space and aviation, are on your own. What a loss for CNN fans.

  4. Jon Says:

    has this comment been approved?

  5. Christopher Leslie Says:


    Believe it or not, I met you once along time ago under rather odd circumstances. I was working in the NASA hold-out deep in the Russian Mission Control Center outside of Moscow just before Expedition 1 launched. I was the “HSG Ops Planner” there and liaison to the mission planning discipline for that Increment as Shep & co. began our human outpost operations. You were reporting the event for CNN.

    I’ve been following you since then – here and there with CNN and was surprised at the recent turn of events. I believe, like all of us here that your heart is in the far upper reaches and we believe we have in front of ourselves an opportunity to perform a cultural-changing job. I think you get that.

    My name is Chris Leslie…almost Dr. Leslie. …Just finishing up my dissertation related to combining the Mars Exploration Rover autonomous operations concepts with the human spaceflight mission planning world to develop a new Mission Control paradigm for Constellation. I work down here in Houston at the Johnson Space Center currently on the Orion project. I work for Booz Allen Hamilton as a technical consultant to the agency.

    I whizzed past your blog this morning on my daily internet stroll, had to stop, slow down & go back to investigate. …You are still out there doing the space thing. Excellent.

    For a long, long time now, I’ve been preaching that we need to get a media voice who understands space and that we need to get that voice heard. We desperately need a new space hero.

    I’m encouraged by your presence.

    …Not sure of what your personal plans are but please do continue your reporting. Please continue your documentation and inspiration. There’s something happening at the agency and its going to be big…I have no idea what it is but we are all expecting something to happen with the new administration. China is planning to go to the moon before us. India wants to go too and next year, the beloved American space shuttle will cease to exist.

    There’s going to be a huge psychological void in the American spirit. We will need someone to help us mourn a passing. We need someone to help us bolster ourselves. We need someone to help us look forward with excitement.

    Keep doing what you are doing. Do more of it. …and let me know if you need any help.

    carpe futura

  6. Eric Ward Says:

    Do you happen to do any speaking engagements related to media coverage of scientific topics?

  7. Eric Ward Says:

    Yes, the Linda Hall Library is planning a one-day climate change conference this October. I would be delighted to explore the possibility of having you speak. One topic we’d like to cover is understanding media coverage of climate change. Sort of a “beyond the sound bite” session on how media reports scientific (especially controversial) topics.

  8. James Bingham Says:

    Mr. O’Brien
    I’m so sad about CNN letting you go. I do not know where I will go now for my coverage of Shuttle lift off and landings. I always would go to CNN just to watch your coverage of these great events. Is there any way you would be going to another national channel so all us fans of you who lived your coverage of NASA will be able to watch your coverage?

    • milesobrien Says:

      I m not interested in going to another cable news outfit. But there may be other ways I can report on the space shuttle. Stay tuned!

  9. ex-CNNer Says:

    Hello Miles,

    and welcome to the outside. I remember you telling me in late 2001 that my layoff was a good thing. I am sorry that they treated you so shabbily…
    I am also amazed that, with the new administration in Washington and its plans to promote science, that the higher powers at CNN shut down the whole unit.

    good luck, and stay in touch

  10. Allison Rae Hannigan Says:

    My thoughts were on Columbia yesterday. Do you have any observations for us?

    Also, can we contact you by email?

    Thank you, and well done on taking the next steps in your career. I think you are wonderful, a good journalist, and I’ve always appreciated your enthusiasm for spaceflight.

  11. Bernard Says:

    Wow. I knew CNN seemed a bit “cold” lately.

    They really demolished the science + technology division? All politics all the time? The best political team on television?

    Please. The most self-effacing “journalists” on television. I’d like to see Rick Sanchez get through a report without referencing the camera man, producers, Twitterers, Facebookers et al. He’s a “journalist” who reminds me of a hollow chocolate Easter Bunny.

    You were dealt a raw deal when the suits tossed you and the Mrs (Soledad; just a joke) out the window for the May-December romance of John + KC. Please.

    And then shoving you WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY towards the back of the shelf after that unceremonious heave-ho.

    Welcome to the world of blogging. Write! Write! Write!

    There’s one reason CNN’s on here: I lost the remote to the television, and I’m not going to channel surf. So now, I just wait for the screw-ups, like the infamous “Reverse Oreo” and like-minded F-bombs.

    Now go interview Ray Bradbury while he’s still with us.

    Chronicle, Miles. Chronicle.

    Something really wicked this way comes!

  12. Brutus Says:



  13. Erik Bailey Says:


    I’ve been a long time fan, watching you cover science and space topics on CNN since I before I began my career in the space business at MIT in 1994. I was inspired by the 1997 Pathfinder mission and now I work along side those incredible individuals at JPL, having been a member of the Entry, Descent, and Landing teams on MER, MSL, and Phoenix. I also do public speaking on behalf of JPL and have volunteered with organizations such as FIRST robotics. Unfortunately, I was on travel when you visited JPL recently, and really wanted to talk with you while you were here. Can you please contact me at the email address I provided? I’d love to hear your suggestions for how I can most effectively promote the study of science and engineering given the unfortunate trend of what is happening to the mainstream news media.

  14. Joe Lowry Says:

    Mr. O’Brien,

    I just learned of your departure from CNN but am excited that I found this blog and hope to check back for great info on your career, the space program and related science topics.


  15. David Hopkins Says:

    Miles, you are always an inspiration to fly higher and go further! From a fellow Air Shares Elite owner/pilot at CDW. (I always felt that bit more special responsibility when flying your airplane :-). I am sure you will find your next dream
    Best wishes

  16. fran m dengler Says:

    So glad to hear you are doing well . I miss you on the show but sometimes change is soooooo good and then to spend time with the family is one of the gratest gifts of all.

    Fran in Pa


    When can we hear about your trip to Africa?

  18. al tompkins Says:

    What an excellent column on the Buffalo airliner crash.
    I am passing it along to journalists everywhere.
    PLEASE stay in touch with journalism, especially in these areas of aviation, about which you have so much expertise.

    Best wishes

    Al Tompkins
    Poynter Institute

  19. D Says:

    I just had a family member forward me your blog entry on today’s Continental 3407 crash in New York. In it you said that recent experts have suggested activating deicing boots prior to ice accumulation, which is contrary to current operating procedures. Do you have any of that research or know where it can be found?
    I’m a Navy E-2 pilot, thus my systems are roughly similar to the Dash 8’s. All of my training and current operating manuals dictate allowing 1/4″-1/2″ of ice to accumulate prior to activation of the deicing boots. The most recent study I’ve seen from the FAA was the 2006 study entitled “Investigations of Performance of Pneumatic Deicing Boots, Surface Ice Detectors, and Scaling of Intercycle Ice”. That study seems to back up the current operating procedures of allowing the initial build up. I’d be interested in seeing newer research that contradicts this as it could potentially change current practices.


  20. Paul Oestreicher Says:

    I wanted you to know that I, like many others, have been thinking about you and your colleagues. I wrote a short opinion piece in this month’s Medical Marketing & Media (http://www.mmm-online.com/PR-View-by-Paul-Oestreicher-PhD/article/126512/) and in my blog (www.c-o-i-n-s.blogspot.com) about the wrong-headedness of CNN’s decision. Thanks for continuing to provide great insights.


    Paul Oestreicher

  21. Bob Armstrong Says:


    You interviewed me in December 2003 at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. I (at that time, a Lieutenant Colonel) was demonstrating a new training tool that the Marine Corps was developing called the Deployable Virtual Training Environment (DVTE). I don’t think that the interview aired, or at least I never saw it. FYI, that program is still alive and providing important training to Marines CONUS and in theater.

    I’m working in and around the DoD/Joint training community in the Norfolk/Hampton Roads area. There are still a number of interesting developments in the areas of virtual and live training that may interest you. If so, please drop me a note and we’ll connect.

    I enjoy your website and Tweets, by the way.

    All the best,

    Bob Armstrong

  22. Eric Ward Says:


    If you are interested in speaking at our climate change conference this fall, I’d love to talk with you about it. My email is warde@lindahall.org.


  23. Dave Thoits Says:

    Hi Miles.

    We met at the JSC Feb 1st or 2nd 2003 while covering the loss of the Columbia Seven. I’m sure you don’t remember. Anyway, I’m a big fan of you and of your work.

    I’m a member of a chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Southern California; Chapter One actually. As you may well know, EAA is the outfit which puts on Oskosh every summer.

    They have asked me to work on finding a speaker for the Gala Dinner in September, the culmination of our Annual Open House.

    Would you ever consider being that Keynote Speaker?

    If there is any interest on your part, I can provide all the details for your consideration.

    Much thanks. Good luck with your future professional endeavors.

    Thank you.

    Dave Thoits

    Claremont, California

  24. Andrew Parton Says:

    Sorry to see that you’re no longer at CNN. I hope you remember your visit to the Cradle about a year ago for Sputnik. If possible send me an email offline would like to reconnect. We have a few projects here that i would like to discuss. All the best.

  25. Mary Stevens Says:


    My husband and I wanted to say that we were thinking of you during the recent airline coverage on CNN and we really miss your insights. Also, American Morning is just not the same without you. Best wishes on your future endeavors!


  26. Dr. Farrell Says:

    Miles, if you decide you need a psychologist for some input, or a documentary, I’d love to talk to you. Check out my Linkedin page and my website.


  27. paula Says:

    I miss Miles on Morning America…won’t watch that show any more!

    Paula Nurnberger

  28. Susan Chapler, M.D. Says:

    Sad to hear CNN disbanded its Sci/Tech division. Bad timing on their part and a huge loss to fans, including me. I’m glad I found this site! Thanks for ‘being out there’.

    Susan Chapler, M.D.
    Mendocino Coast, CA

  29. David Stever Says:


    Congratulations on the Spaceflightnow gig for the coming launch. Your launch commentary was always the reason to watch CNN, and catching you now on new media is great. I hope this works out for you, and it will be a real feather in their cap to have you onboard.

  30. Marion Zietan Says:

    Hey Miles – Loved you for a LONG time on CNN. It’s been crazy for me for a few months and I’m just now realizing and reading :

    It was announced on December 3, 2008 that O’Brien would be leaving CNN, along with 6 producers, as a result of the company disbanding most of its science and technology unit.

    DOES THAT SUCK OR WHAT? I can’t believe it – I mean at this point it’s “the economy, stupid” etc. but what about WAR and PROGRESS and F’N SCIENCE man – what about the science???!!!!!! I’m telling you – geesh!

    I was horrified at your undignified, unceremonious, untimely – I’m assuming, surprise – departure as CNN anchor and relegation to tangental status and now this.

    Anyway, have not read your blog yet… hope to have time to peruse soon & looking forward to it. Doors close, doors OPEN. Onward & upward. Me, too!


  31. Betsy D'Annibale Says:

    I enjoyed your unique coverage of the news, especially in science and space matters. CNN made a very poor decision in disbanding its Science and Technology division. I would like to read your observations on the Kepler mission to search for possible life sustaining planets.

  32. P. Edward Murray Says:


    As an amateur astronomer and space enthusiast, I’ve been a long time fan of yours via CNN.

    Most sorry to hear that they let you go as I believe you are one of the best Science Reporters around…it is their loss and their stupidity.

    Good to see that you seem to be on your feet and I hope and pray that things will go good for you…as they say…when one door closes another opens:)

    Which is what happened to me…

    Perhaps you will see this before your coverage starts but even if not…

    Take a look at Tammy Plotner’s story on Universe Today for March 9, 2009 on “The Basketball Player in the moon”


    Let me know what you think?

    My sincere best wishes and Good Luck


    P. Edward Murray

  33. Tony Smith Says:

    An idea…

    Remember the early 1900’s? Me either. Something happened back then that parallels something happening now.

    Wikipedia: “throughout its history, amateur radio enthusiasts have made significant contributions to science, engineering, industry, and social services.”

    My grandfather, an “Advanced Class” ham operator and mechanical engineer, invented the RA (as a pilot you know what that is) while working for Honeywell on the Apolo projects.

    Anyway, I want to shed light on an equally astounding participation and contribution by amateurs in the field of astronomy.

    I consider myself an amateur astronomer (very amateur — haven’t discovered anything yet!).

    There are plenty of examples of amateurs finding comets, asteroids, designing new equipment, writing extraordinary software (I’m a software engineer), etc. etc. Ask any professional just how much they depend on the amateurs…

    As you know, the professional astronomy community is tiny at best. The amateur community is wildly large and is growing at an incredible rate.

    I would love to discuss — and participate in — an analysis of this growing revolution.

    Anthony (Tony) D. Smith
    Lake Elsinore, CA

  34. Dave Reid Says:

    I was shocked to learn what the “Big Brains” at CNN did – Absolute Fools They Are. You were one of the main reasons I watched CNN – it’s a little thing called integrity and you had it buddy where very few did. I had been wondering why they were trotting out the talking baboons lately for this kinds of issues.

    I’ve grew up watching Space Coverage with the Big Man Walter Cronkite and the excitement and awe he could convey held my attention on the little TV screen. I have seen only one other person that could bring that kind of credible and believable excitment to space and that person was Miles O’Brien.

    Another cable channel would be waste of your talents – they are such a shlock driven cesspool of banal analysis that really have become a 1000 monkeys typing at random on broken typewriters. No your real mission is so obvious.

    Nasa has got a big problem – they can’t communicate well. They need someone like you to tell their story, to be the face of space to a public that needs to know there is a point to the whole program. Nasa is in danger of going the way of the dodo bird, being lost in the shuffle of media generated big mouth hysteria about every subject under the sun.

    Nasa needs someone who lives and breathes Space and can bring that excitement to a public that desperately needs something to proud about again. We need someone who can make Space big again, something to be inspired by and aspire to and that someone is Miles O’Brien.

    Good luck to you Miles, I will be watching wherever you end up.

  35. Sara Volk Says:

    Glad to see you have found yourself some better air here and on Spaceflight Now. My mother used to keep us out of school to watch launches (We’re talking the 60s here, from John Glenn onward) and since then I’ve had a lifelong interest in the space program. You have been a pleasure to read, watch, and listen to over the years, not only for the depth of your knowledge, but your genuine enthusiasm. Good luck!

  36. Kris Baker Says:

    Miles, there’s lots of us ordinary viewers who depended on you (via CNN) for our technology and space coverage. With the shuttle scheduled to lift off in just over an hour, I’m reminded of how much we relied on you!

    CNN, you’ve gutted what other networks didn’t have: science. I agree that it’s an odd time to do this, what with our new President’s focus on science.

    Thanks for your past reporting, and here’s some “cheers!” for the future!

    Kris Baker

  37. Veronica Says:

    Hi Myles,
    I’ve been searching for you for several weeks and finally found you via an internet search. So glad to have missed CNN falling all over itself regarding your release. If ever there was a time for science and technology, this is that time. I also thought that you and Soledad were far better that the current team–they lack the substance and gravitas that I prefer.

    Please keep your followers posted on any documentaries or other pieces you develop and I guess it’s better that you stay away from Fox, MSNBC and the like. Those cable networks are so biased and don’t deserve the credibility your work could lend.

    We miss you and hope you have the bucks to do what you want to do.

    Veronica Gold,
    Bowling Green, OH
    Angel Fire, NM

  38. Marion Zietan Says:

    Hi Miles – I’m using service that lets me know of updates here – and it works! Got a chance to read some of the comments that others have left. Mine pales in comparison – I sound like a valley girl and I’m FAR from it – just a style of writing here I guess, but my spirit shows through! What I like best here is that the other comments – while some are sedate – which is fine as they are probably walking softly with big sticks, etc. – is the LEVEL of conversation – intellegent, interested, involved – I love that for you. Quite the compliment. Deservedly.

  39. Fan of Miles O'Brien Says:

    Miles, you are a great reporter. I can’t believe CNN would let you walk out of their building for good. That’s just crazy of them.

    Please keep going and doing stuff. The really big space, aviation, and science stories are still in the future, and I don’t think we’re going to wait too long. Keep up the good work!

  40. Pat Shaw Says:

    I still mourn the loss of Aaron Brown and Bill Hemmer (whom I try to watch on the F channel occasionally) — now you! I was watching Heidi this morning and there was a piece re aeronautics/space and I realized I had not heard your insightful analysis of NASA, etc. Fearful, I went to CNN anchor/reporter list and sure enough, no Miles! If you are ever speaking or appearing in the Chicago area, I would love to hear you.

    I’m 75 and I went “on my own” 10 years ago and started a small PR/ Marketing Consulting business. I pick and choose my clients and it feels good to be “free” of office politics and “culture.” Just wish I had done it at your age. We’re proof that being declared obsolete by some short-sighted management is the best thing for our future. My redemption came when the VP who sacked me was sacked himself a few years later!!

    Lots of luck…

    Pat Shaw
    Woodstock, IL

  41. Nicholas Says:

    Miles, CNN has suffered a great loss with your departure. You did a great job with American Morning and I look forward to seeing you soon on CNN or another network, like Fox so that America will wake up to become a better nation

  42. Tim King Says:

    Miles, congrats on the PBS series. Will be great to see you back on the tube.

  43. Lianna Havel Says:

    Dear Mr. O’Brien,
    I am 17 years old and a collector of autographs of noted people around the world. Could you please send me a personally signed, dated, and inscribed picture for my collection? I would be extremely grateful if you could just write something like “Best Wishes to Lianna Havel” on your signed and dated picture and send it to me. Any picture will do.
    Also, could you please send me your genuine signature on one of your calling cards, along with a brief biography of yourself? I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you very much.
    Lianna Havel
    823 Troon Trail
    Worthington, Ohio 43085

  44. Mike Clancy Says:

    You’ve got to see this: http://tinyurl.com/d8vazj … pay particular attention to the robot’s posture as he’s put through his paces. I’m beginning to believe that Kurzweil is a pessimist!

  45. Ernie Korpi Says:

    I just found out you were no longer on CNN. Wow, I didn’t know they let you go last year. I realize now how much I liked watching you. Looking forward to seeing you on your next gig. I think 60 Minutes reporting on stories involving science and technology would be a great fit.

  46. Dale Bartholomew Says:

    Since my viewship of CNN AM has dwindled since you and Soledad O’Brien were replaced, I guess I missed the story of your departure last December. Today I was watching from a motel in Winnipeg as they covered the current Hubble repair mission and it wasn’t YOU doing the reporting. Please accept my sincere appreciation for all that you contributed to science reporting over the years. I agree with many of the comments hoping to see you soon. I believe that you could produce and host a series on PBS that would have similar impact to Sagan’s Cosmos series. Best of luck to you and your family.

  47. Charles Flink Says:

    Miles, saw you on CSPAN the other day. It was great to see you again. I think you are a great space and NASA reporter.

  48. Maggy Shannon Says:

    Hello Friend,

    Today I learn a large airplane appears to have crashed in the southern Atlantic Ocean. CNN’s coverage is incredibly disappointing without you–what can you tell us about this tragic incident?

    Best regards,

    Maggy Shannon

  49. Ken Says:

    What a wonderful find today to have discovered your blog. I always enjoyed your American Morning broadcast on CNN; and I am grateful to see that you are forging your own path ahead; looking forward to reading more…

    Also, are you on Twitter??? As a fellow wordpresser, just letting you know that you can link your blog posts to update on Twitter and reach a larger audience.

    Keep on writing…

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