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John Miller Named Assistant Director of FBI Office of Public Affairs

Washington, D.C. August 23, 2005
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Director Robert S. Mueller, III is pleased to announce the appointment of John Miller to be the assistant director for the Office of Public Affairs. In this position, Mr. Miller will oversee the FBI's internal and external communications, including relations with the news media and handling of fugitive publicity, community relations, and other communications support. He will fill a vacancy left by Cassandra M. Chandler, who has been appointed special agent in charge of the FBI's Norfolk, Virginia Division.

John Miller brings to the Office of Public Affairs an unusual mix of knowledge and experience. Since January 2003, he has served as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department's Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, where he oversaw the operations of the Anti-Terrorist Division, Bomb Squad, Hazardous Materials Unit, and units dedicated to prevention, training, and preparedness in the event of a terrorist incident.

Prior to joining the LAPD, Mr. Miller was a correspondent and anchor for ABC News, with a primary focus on terrorism. His 1998 interview with Usama bin Laden and his later coverage of al Qaeda and the September 11, 2001 attacks earned him a number of prestigious awards, including two Peabody Awards, a DuPont Award, and nine Emmys.

In 1994, he served as deputy police commissioner of New York City, where he was the chief spokesman for the NYPD. Earlier in his career, he worked as a criminal justice reporter for WNEW-TV and WNBC-TV in New York.

No stranger to the Bureau, Mr. Miller has lectured annually at the FBI Academy on issues involving both media and terrorism. He is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Emergency Preparedness Hazmat Technician Course, working with VX and sarin gas. He also completed the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators 40-hour course on Advanced Improvised Explosive Devices and Terrorist Activities. Mr. Miller will begin his employment after Labor Day.