Andrea Miller, Ph.D.
Both Andrea Miller’s research and her role in news producing have touched some of the nation’s biggest headlines, including Ebola, the BP oil disaster and Hurricane Katrina.
Among her accomplishments, Miller received the Dallas Press Club Katie Award in 1993 and an Associated Press Spot News Award in 1992, both for her role as producer for newscast coverage of a school shooting at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas.
Additionally, Miller – an associate producer at the time – was part of an Emmy Award-winning team in 1996 for a newscast covering the death of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was abducted that year while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas. The only witness, her 5-year-old brother, offered precious few clues; however, it was enough for local news to begin coverage. Hagerman’s body was found five days later. In the wake of her death, the national Amber Alert system, named after Hagerman, was born.
During Miller’s time as a producer, she developed a passion for breaking news, crisis news and issues management that carries into her academic research.
Among her work academically, she’s published articles in “Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly,” “Media Psychology” and other journals. “Oil & Water,” her first book, covers media response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Miller is co-editor of “News Evolution or Revolution? The Future of Print Journalism in the Digital Age,” and she is co-authoring a third book with Jinx Broussard that examines eight crisis communications case studies from a journalistic and a public relations perspective.
Prior to her UNT appointment, Miller served as a professor and associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. During her 15-year tenure, she taught courses in crisis communications, broadcast news and multimedia reporting. Miller earned her doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, her master’s degree from Texas Christian University and her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.