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Thursday, September 22, 2011

KHOU 11's Doug Miller back as TV reporter

Doug Miller leaving KHOU 11 after 23 years

KHOU 11's Doug Miller is a big name in Houston. He's been with the station since 1993 after all. Now Miller is back on air at KHOU as a reporter.

Now you are saying to yourself, he's been gone?

Yes, what you might not have realized is Miller has been basically off air for almost five years (although I remember seeing him back for political coverage over the last years). In July of 2007 Miller received a promotion which gave him the Executive Editor title and removed him from reporting on the mean streets of Houston.

"I'm happy to say I'm back on the streets chasing news," Miller told "I couldn't stand sitting in the newsroom all day. I gave up the fancy executive title and started reporting again about a month ago."

There is no bio or photo of Miller up on the KHOU website yet to tip me off about his triumphant TV return, but I started seeing a lot of his bylines on the site all of a sudden so I started asking questions.

According to an old bio that I had to dive into the depths of the Internet to find, Miller has worked as everything from a police reporter to a newspaper editor during his decades of news service in Houston. Breaking into the broadcast biz at age 16, Miller hosted a "Watergate-era" telephone talk show in El Paso. Next it was off to the University of Houston where he reported for several Houston news organizations including 740 KTRH, United Press International's Houston bureau and the Houston Business Journal.

It was as the managing editor of the Houston Business Journal that Miller hit the airwaves of channel 11 doing daily business reports during KHOU's morning newscasts. Guess the bosses were impressed because Miller joined KHOU as a full-time reporter in 1993. He even worked at KHOU's Washington bureau chief where he covered the White House, Capitol Hill and various presidential campaigns.

Just to show that Miller has brains behind those TV ready looks, in 1985 he became the first contestant selected from Houston to appear on the syndicated version of Jeopardy! During four days on the quiz show, he won $16,000. Think about it, that could still be a full year's salary for a small market TV reporter.

This is just the latest change I have been chronicling at KHOU 11...when they will stop...nobody knows.

Doug Miller leaving KHOU 11 after 23 years

- KHOU 11 hires KABC's Lisa Hernandez as main anchor
- KHOU 11 welcomes KABC anchor Lisa Hernandez
- KHOU 11 taps Todd Duplantis for traffic duties
- KIAH 39 staffers jumping to KTRK, KHOU, KRIV

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