About Steve Miller

Steve Miller is a journalist and Edgar Award-finalist. He has worked as a metro reporter for the Dallas Morning News and as a national reporter for the Washington Times, as well as writing for People magazine, U.S. News & World Report. He covered the auto industry for Brandweek magazine and was an award-winning investigative reporter with Texas Watchdog. Miller has written and edited books on crime and music, including Girl, Wanted; The Chase for Sarah Pender, Commando: The Johnny Ramone Autobiography and Touch & Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83.
Miller covered cops and courts at the Dallas Morning News, and also did some work for the state desk, including coverage of the Oklahoma City tornados in 1998. He moved to the Washington Times in 2000 as a national reporter.

For the next four years, Miller covered some of the biggest stories in the U.S., including the six weeks of Recount 2000 in Florida, Hillary Clinton’s senatorial campaign in New York, and the riots during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in 2000. Miller also delivered a series on the rise of wealth among African-Americans in the U.S. , which the Times presented as its nomination for the Pulitzer in 2001.

While he was writing his second book, Girl, Wanted, Miller was selected as a Carnegie Legal Reporting Fellow at Syracuse University. It’s about as close to the upper reaches of a formal institute of learning as Miller has come; he is an enthusiastic autodidact.

In 2009, Miller joined Texas Watchdog, a fledgling investigative news agency based in Houston, Texas. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers selected Miller’s 2011 coverage of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, which resulted in a state takeover of the agency, as the winner of its award for digital investigation.

Before embarking on a life of letters, Miller was vocalist in the pre-hardcore punk band the Fix, which released a single “Vengeance” b/w “In This Town” (March 1981) and the 4-song Jan’s Rooms ep (January 1982), both on Touch and Go Records. The first Fix single is among the most collectible hardcore records in the world, at one point fetching $4,250. Miller does NOT own one. The band was among the first of the hardcore units to tour the U.S., an early adapter of the get-in-the–van school of indy touring.

In early 1982, Miller played guitar in Blight, a Flipper-esque post-hardcore band at a point that hardcore was exploding. Tesco Vee was vocalist in the short-lived band, which performed a dozen shows in the Detroit area in its few months of existence. Blight also recorded an e.p. in the basement studio of Corey Rusk, which was released in 1984. Miller in 1983 played guitar in Strange Fruit, which also featured Steve Shelley on drums.

Miller lives outside of Lansing, Michigan.