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Former Georgia state senator and journalist Steen Miles dead at 70

Steen Miles (press photo)

Steen Miles (press photo)

Georgia State Democratic Senator Steen Miles (District 43) was sworn into the senate in 2005. Prior to her legislative service, Miles, served as a journalist and media relations consultant. A native of in South Bend, Indiana, Miles earned a degree in business education and English at Ball State University. She also attended Indiana University at South Bend, the University of Cincinnati, Georgia State University, and received certification from the University of South Carolina’s Daniel School of Management.

According to, Miles began her journalism career in 1971, as a reporter/anchor for WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana. She then worked for WCKY Radio in Cincinnati, NBC’s WMAQ Radio in Chicago, and as news director for WBMX and WVON-WGCI in Chicago. From 1980 to 1984, she was State Broadcast Editor for United Press International in Atlanta, Georgia before joining WXIA-TV, the Atlanta NBC affiliate, where she served as assignment editor, managing editor and reporter-anchor from 1984 to 1999. In 2001, Miles was hired as chief media relations officer for Atlanta’s Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and served as the agency’s primary spokesperson. In 2003, she hosted the talk show “Faith in the City Forum,” a discussion of current events and public policy from diverse faith perspectives.

She won three Emmy Awards and received four Emmy nominations. In 2006, she was honored with the Keys to the City of South Bend.

Steen Miles, 70, has died of lung cancer. She is survived by two daughters, Kellie and Heather and two grandchildren, William and Kellea.