Jonathan Miller began working as a freelance journalist in 1988 and has been executive director of Homelands Productions since 2006. He has served as executive producer of the “Food for 9 Billion,” “WORKING,” and “Worlds of Difference” projects.
Jonathan has reported from Asia, South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA for NPR, BBC, CBC, Marketplace, PRI’s The World, PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio outlets, and has written for the New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, American Way, and Christian Science Monitor. He has won several awards for his writing and radio projects, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award for the “WORKING” series.
An active member of the Association of Independents in Radio, Jonathan served on the advisory board of World Vision Report, contributed to the “Groundwork” project of the Duke Center for Documentary Studies and “Stories from the Heart of the Land” from Atlantic Public Media, and was editor for the “Against the Odds” documentary series by author and columnist Ellis Cose. He was also editorial director of “Think Global,” the 2005 Public Radio Collaboration on globalization, involving more than 300 non-commercial stations and 30 national shows.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Jonathan worked as a farmhand, forest ranger, firefighter, trail builder, construction worker, bicycle messenger, maintenance man, house painter, cafeteria worker, orange picker, day laborer, and plasma donor. After completing a degree in English Literature at Swarthmore College, he got a job as a VISTA volunteer in Seattle, where he helped establish a child care center for the children of homeless families.
In addition to his journalism, he has taught, led workshops, and worked as a consulting writer and editor for international development institutions in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He spent 13 years living and working in the Philippines and Peru before moving to Ithaca, New York, in 2001.