John Miller, the CBS News correspondent behind a heavily criticized “60 Minutes” report on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, has formally resigned from the Eye to rejoin the New York Police Department.
Miller has moved back and forth from journalism to law enforcement throughout his career. He’s returning to an unspecified role at the NYPD at the behest of his former boss William Bratton, who has been named New York City police commissioner by Gotham mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
Miller has been a correspondent for CBS News since 2011. He made headlines earlier this month as the reporter behind a “60 Minutes” segment on the NSA’s domestic surveillance efforts. Miller previously worked for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to which the NSA reports. That detail was disclosed on air, but still prompted many pundits to question whether he was the appropriate correspondent for the report that has been described by many critics as too soft on the NSA.
CBS News has defended the report as offering viewers unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes NSA activities because of Miller’s connections. Miller is known for his reporting on national security and terrorism issues. While working for ABC News, he landed an interview with Osama bin Laden in 1998.
“John Miller is a remarkable journalist with deep insight into law enforcement. He has been invaluable to the CBS News family,” said a CBS News rep. “We wish him well in his quest to help make the City of New York a safer place as part of the NYPD. John will always have a home at CBS News.”
Miller’s move back to the NYPD had been rumored for the past few weeks. He worked as deputy police commissioner in the mid-1990s during Bratton’s previous stint as Gotham’s top cop. And Miller also worked for Bratton in 2003-05 during the latter’s tenure as head of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Miller worked for ABC News from 1995-2002 and worked for a variety of TV stations earlier in his career.