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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Shrimp and Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart. Lean Not To Your Own Understanding. All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him And He Will Direct Your Path

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1946
Birth Location:
South Bend, Indiana

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Shrimp and Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart. Lean Not To Your Own Understanding. All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him And He Will Direct Your Path

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1946
Birth Location:
South Bend
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Biography

Politician and journalist Steen Miles was born on August 20, 1946 in South Bend, Indiana to Rose and Austin Davis, a pastor. Miles graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she studied business education and English. She also attended Indiana University at South Bend, the University of Cincinnati, Georgia State University, and received certification from the University of South Carolina’s Daniel School of Management.

Miles began her journalism career in 1971, as a reporter/anchor for WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana. She then worked for WCKY Radio in Cincinnati, NBC’s WMAQ Radio in Chicago, and as news director for WBMX and WVON-WGCI in Chicago. From 1980 to 1984, she was State Broadcast Editor for United Press International in Atlanta, Georgia before joining WXIA-TV, the Atlanta NBC affiliate, where she served as assignment editor, managing editor and reporter-anchor from 1984 to 1999. In 2001, Miles was hired as chief media relations officer for Atlanta’s Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and served as the agency’s primary spokesperson. In 2003, she hosted the talk show “Faith in the City Forum,” a discussion of current events and public policy from diverse faith perspectives.

In 2005, Miles was elected to the Georgia State Senate serving District 43. While in the Senate, she wrote and/or co-sponsored seventy-one pieces of legislation and resolutions. Miles ran for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia in 2006, and in 2008, became a contributing columnist to The Champion Newspaper. She is a candidate in the 2014 elections for U.S. Senate.

During her esteemed career, Miles has been recognized with over 275 awards and honors from businesses, government, civic organizations, Greek organizations, churches, schools and universities. She has won three Emmy Awards and received four Emmy nominations. In 2012, Miles was awarded the 1st Place Editorial Writing Award by the Georgia Press Association, and in 2013, she was honored by 4th District Congressman Hank Johnson with an Outstanding Citizen Citation. In 1996, Miles was awarded the coveted Pioneer Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. She was an SCLC Women Mentor with the late Evelyn Lowery, and was featured in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. Miles was invited twice to the White House as part of a select group of national journalists, and invited by the Speaker of the House to attend the ceremony where Nelson Mandela received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1998. In 2006, she was honored with the Keys to the City of South Bend, Indiana, her hometown.

Miles was a 2002 graduate of Leadership DeKalb and served on its board. She was also a 2005 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute. In addition, Miles was an associate minister at the Greenforest Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. Her childhood memoir, Teenie: Newslady in Training, was published in 2007.

Miles lived in Decatur, and has two adult children, Kellie and Heather, and two grandchildren, William and Kellea.

Steen Miles was interviewed by The History Makers on February 17, 2014.

Miles passed away on March 29, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her mother's family history
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes her great-grandmother and grandfather's healing abilities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her maternal family's farming in Collins, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes the locations of Bassfield and Collins, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her parents' meeting, marriage, and move to South Bend, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Steen Miles considers her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Steen Miles lists her siblings, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls her earliest childhood memories in South Bend, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes her childhood in Southeast South Bend, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in South Bend, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her early education in South Bend, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls wetting her pants after being ignored by a teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls sneaking to wear lipstick as a junior high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Steen talks about her experience at South Bend Central High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls getting into fights as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her high school activities and basketball players Mike Warren and Jimmy King
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls her goals as a high school senior
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her decision to attend Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about living in Cincinnati, Ohio after the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about working at WNDU and her mentor Harry Kevorkian
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about how affirmative action has been beneficial to her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about hosting 'Coffee Talk,' a public affairs television show at WNDU in South Bend, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Steen Miles remembers being recruited to work at WCKY radio in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about notable figures in broadcasting in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about being hired at WMAQ and abrupt firings at WMAQ radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls her mother's death in 1978
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about working for WBMX radio in Chicago, Illinois, Tom Joyner and reporting on stale milk sales
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls meeting President Jimmy Carter in 1979
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls covering the mob as a reporter in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about Chicago politics and meeting Muhammad Ali
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her move to Atlanta, Georgia in 1981
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes her experience at United Press International
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about African Americans in Atlanta politics in the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about a change in an editor's perspective about her after she coordinated the UPI Broadcast Awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about being fired from UPI and working for WXIA-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her success as a reporter for WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Steen Miles lists awards she has received for her television reporting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Steen Miles recalls stories she covered for WXIA-TV
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about interviewing Dent "Wildman" Myers in Kennesaw, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about visiting Dent "Wildman" Myers many years after their first meeting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Steen Miles remembers Nelson Mandela being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1998
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about the removal of the news director at WXIA whose appointment caused her demotion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes deciding to run for CEO of DeKalb County, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about becoming a state senator in Georgia in a landslide victory in 2004
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Steen Miles shares her accomplishments as a Georgia State Senator from 2004 to 2006
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about running for lieutenant governor and her recent activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her memoir 'Teenie' and her writing plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Steen Miles considers what she might have done differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Steen Miles considers her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Steen Miles talks about her daughters
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - The Honorable Steen Miles describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Steen Miles narrates her photographs