Boing Boing Video: Welcome, Miles O'Brien!

Just as we invite guestbloggers to the Boing Boing blog, we periodically welcome guest correspondents to Boing Boing Video, our daily online video program.

I am thrilled to announce today that we have the honor of welcoming none other than Miles O'Brien, former CNN anchor and reporter, one of the most esteemed space and science journalists on the home planet, as a Boing Boing Video guest contributor.

Snip from his bio:

"Miles is a 26-year broadcast news veteran - with nearly 17 years as CNN's science, aerospace, technology and environment correspondent. He is now on his own - based in New York City - covering the same stuff across various media platforms."
Since departing CNN, Miles has been doing really interesting experiments in online media, including webcasts, features over at True Slant, live-twittering Space Shuttle launches, and other work we hope to showcase here on BB soon.

I've been watching him explore what is possible in online, independent news venues with the same sense of adventure that captivated me in his space reporting for CNN. The video he's been producing as a solo journalist is wonderful.

Miles is a personal hero. He's the best there is at what he does. It is with the absolute deepest respect that we welcome him as a guest colleague.


  1. Not to mention he has one of the coolest names for a space/science journalist EVAR.

    (I couldn’t resist. I smile every time I see his name).

    Pretty rad though, welcome aboard.

  2. I still remember Miles O’Brien’s visit to KLSU during Katrina. Always loved the science features. Welcome to BB!

  3. Mr. O’Brien, the nature of your status as a commissioned officer has been one of great debate. You have variously been referred to as “Chief” or “Chief Petty Officer” and yet, you have worn the insignia of a Lieutenant for the majority of your career, and were on at least one occasion referred to as Lieutenant by another Federation officer. The question many of have wondered over the years is, what is your rank?

    Did you receive a field commission to the rank of Lieutenant as some have suggested? Why then, by Stardate 49066 did you adopt an insignia indicative of a Senior Chief Petty Officer?

    I know I speak for many other Miles O’Brien fans in our desire to have this important issue finally thrust back into the limelight.

  4. Sweet! CNN canning Miles was to my mind the perfect single act that summarized what’s wrong with the entire broadcast news industry. I hope he’s able to thrive in his post-CNN career. We need more reporters like him, people who actually KNOW what they’re talking about.

  5. @9 – totally right.
    Miles was on CNN when the twin towers got hit – he was the smartest of the lot – got out a map and talked about the timing of the event and the planning, while it was still going on – the anchor I recall was simply basking in the size of the story

  6. Yaay! Although Trueslant seems to be busted:

    Page source says:

    ‘Page not cached by WP Super Cache. No closing HTML tag. Check your theme.’

  7. Not to mention, Miles is a pilot.

    When he had a chance he would give, you know, actual facts on for example, not every private plane is a Cessna.

    We miss ya Miles!

  8. Okay, everybody’s already hitting on the Star Trek jokes, so I’ll have to go with: this is a tech-ish site– shouldn’t you be Kilometers O’Brien?

  9. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Miles a good bit in the past and no matter what he may already know about a subject, he’s always interested in learning something new. That impresses me as much as anything could.

    Then again, I may be biased. I got to stand on the same set with Miles and Xeni and still feel like the biggest geek around…

    1. Wait, pupdog, were you one of the shooters or production people when we were taping that “CNN visions of the future” thing in NYC? That was great, I was so stoked to be on the same set as Miles.

    1. @pupdog, OMG, duh, I remember you! How ya doin’!!!!! You were the only person there (other than Miles) who knew what Boing Boing was! Hi!! (waves)

  10. @xeni, I guess the best response is ‘evolving’ – I moved on before Miles, but back since the old ‘zine days I’ve always felt ‘Happy Mutant’ was a pretty decent goal in life.

  11. I hated it when CNN replaced Miles on the morning show. I don’t watch CNN anymore now. I just love Miles and wish him the very best in whatever he takes on. Good to know he’s still around.

  12. Miles ,missed you on Cnn they have let a good man walk, but any how, glad to see you on the outside?have you considered taking a flight on the Virgin Galactic ,suborbital Space craft? that would be a blast to hear you report fro 100.000 feet up in space, could you get Sponsorship?

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