United Press International Obit on Tony Miller Obit



TONY MILLER

Ex-UPI newsman Miller dead at 68; Published: Nov. 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM


CUERNAVACA, Mexico, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Veteran wire service newsman Anthony O. Miller died in Mexico after a three-year fight with prostate cancer, his family said. He was 68.

Miller, who died Wednesday in Cuernavaca, worked in 26 countries during his career, including a stint covering the first Gulf War for United Press International in 1991, Frank Csongos, a colleague from his UPI days, said. He also worked for The Associated Press and Reuters news agencies in Europe and Asia.

Miller started with UPI in San Francisco in 1984. He transferred to Trenton, N.J., and from there went to Washington. His work on UPI editing desks included handling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fall of communism in Europe. He left the news agency in 1992.

Miller later worked for the AP in Cyprus, Reuters in Hong Kong and the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. He also was the primary researcher on the book "The Cult That Died: The Tragedy of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple," written by George Klineman, Sherman Butler and David Conn.

"I had the highest regard for Tony," Klineman said. "I can't imagine a better researcher than Tony. He was amazing. He was absolutely incredible. He would get on a research project and just wouldn't let it go. I always knew I could count on him."

David Rosso, who worked with Miller at UPI's Washington bureau, remembers him as "vocal" and "energetic."

"He was ALL CAPS," Rosso said. "He was excitable. He was personable.

He was agreeable. He was sometimes disagreeable ... and he valued his Unipresser days."

The Baltimore native is survived by six siblings.

"Tony was a flaming liberal (who) marched to the beat of a different drum," his brother, Kelly, said. "He traveled the world as a modern-day nomad, chasing happiness, always two steps behind, chasing news stories, always two steps in front, and in the meantime chasing memories with us as brothers and sisters and always on cue."

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