The Amputee Coalition has elected Miles O’Brien, broadcast and web journalist, to its board of directors.
In February 2014, a heavy equipment case struck O’Brien’s left arm while he was on assignment. He developed acute compartment syndrome, which led to an emergency amputation.
“I am still new to living life with limb loss,” O’Brien stated in a press release. “A journalist by trade, I have done a lot of homework and asked a lot of questions. I have quickly found the Amputee Coalition to be an essential source of accurate information, connecting me with other amputees who know how best to conquer this challenge.”
O’Brien is the science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation series.
He has worked for CNN as a science, environment and aerospace correspondent, and anchored programs including American Morning.
O’Brien has won numerous awards for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and as an accomplished pilot, is frequently called upon to explain the world of aviation.
“We are honored to welcome Miles to the Amputee Coalition,” Sue Stout, interim president and chief operating officer of the Coalition, stated in the release. “He brings a wealth of personal and professional experience in the science and technology. We look forward to his input, which will enhance our efforts as we expand our programs for the community.”