William Burke Miller Journalist

William Burke "Skeets" Miller (c. 1903 – December 29, 1983) was a newspaper and radio reporter who first came to prominence with his on site reporting of the attempted rescue of caver Floyd Collins for Louisville's Courier-Journal, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize on May 4, 1926. In addition to covering the story, Miller became an unlikely participant in the rescue attempts, and was later credited by one of Collins' family members as having done as much or more than anyone to attempt to rescue Collins. In 1927 he began writing for the New York Morning World, then moved to WJAC and NBC when it was founded, in charge of special events programming. Due to Miller's creative on-the-spot coverage (including the first live transmission from a parachute jump) Robert Ripley designated him "the bravest man in radio." He later became eastern program manager for NBC. In 1954, Miller returned to the Mammoth Cave area as a radio journalist, entering Collins' Crystal Cave to cover the famed "C-3" expedition, which involved a large group of explorers spending an entire week underground in an attempt to determine the extent of the cave.

Personal details

Date of birth
United States of America
Date of death
December 29th, 1983 at age of 80

Awards won

1926 Pulitzer Prize for Reporting

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
For his work in connection with the story of the trapping in Sand Cave, Kentucky, of Floyd Collins.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


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