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Amputee Coalition Elects New Board Member

Photograph courtesy of the Amputee Coalition.

Posted April 24, 2014

The Amputee Coalition has elected Miles O’Brien, a veteran freelance broadcast and web journalist who focuses on science, technology, and aerospace, to its board of directors. Based in Washington DC, O’Brien is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation series.

For nearly 17 of his 30 years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the science, environment, and aerospace correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. He has won Emmy, Peabody, and duPont Awards for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

In February 2014, a heavy equipment case fell on his left forearm while he was on assignment. He developed acute compartment syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow.

“I am still new to living life with limb loss,” said O’Brien. “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 as well as connecting me with other amputees who know how best to conquer this challenge. I am honored to be asked to join their board. I hope that as I write this new chapter in my life I can help others by helping the Coalition.”

“We are honored to welcome Miles to the Amputee Coalition,” said Sue Stout, interim president and CEO. “He brings a wealth of personal and professional experience in the science and technology arena and as a national media professional. We look forward to his input, which will enhance our efforts as we expand our programs for the community.”