Miller's first job was as a reporter for a now-defunct weekly newspaper in Denton,
Md., covering courts and the Caroline County Commission.
he moved on to the Delaware State News, reporting on the Sussex County
Council and the criminal courts before taking over the General Assembly
It was there that Miller, who graduated with a political science
degree, developed what he called a "longstanding love/hate
relationship with politicians and politics in general."
He briefly left his "beloved Delaware and bride-to-be" in search of greener paychecks at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. However, when a copy editing job opened up at the News Journal, he returned because "his heart and his sweetheart remained in Delaware."
He finished his duty on the desk as "the 'slot' - the editor who makes the final
edit before the story goes to print," his obituary reads. "He was known as a strict
grammarian, a master of the AP Stylebook and a man with a flair for
writing colorful headlines on deadline."
He moved on to a
in the newpaper's Dover bureau, covering the city and nearby
communities. He was "particularly proud" of his coverage that helped
lead to the ouster of Smyrna's mayor and revealed the long-hidden story
of Dr. Jerome Niles' black-market baby
operation in Middletown in the 1930s and '40s.
Despite his love/hate relationship with politics, he returned to the General Assembly
beat. The feeling wasn't mutual, as when he retired, the House honored him with a
tribute lauding him as the "elder statesman" of the legislative
Miller's deft writing was apparent throughout his reporting. All good reporters know the power of the beginning of a story, the lead. Miller, however, also knew the power of endings, as he showed in this story about the dedication of the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial in 2010:
"The names of the officers were read, one by one, starting with that of Officer John F. Baylis, a Wilmington city officer who died Sept. 9, 1863.
"As each name was read, a bell tolled, and a single rose was placed on the memorial in tribute.
"The final name on the monument is that of Georgetown Officer Chad Spicer, slain on Sept. 1, 2009. Little Aubrey Spicer, the officer's daughter, joined her family members in placing the rose.
"Three police helicopters flew in formation over the crowd in tribute, and as they disappeared into the night, it began to rain."
We'll end this story the way Miller always ended his: