Jonathan Miller’s work as a journalist, writer, and editor has taken him to more than 20 countries in Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. He joined Homelands in 2001 and has been executive director since 2006.
His features, news reports, and commentaries have been broadcast on NPR, Marketplace, PRI’s The World, BBC, CBC, PBS NewsHour, and other radio and television outlets. As a print journalist he has written for the New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, American Way, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He has won several awards for his writing and radio projects.
Jonathan spent 13 years living and working in the Philippines and Peru before moving to Ithaca, New York, in 2001, and joining the Homelands collective. Since then, he has served as executive producer of the “Food for 9 Billion,” “WORKING,” and “Worlds of Difference” projects, and as editorial director of “Think Global,” the Public Radio Collaboration on globalization, involving more than 300 non-commercial stations and 30 national shows. From 2016 to 2018 he was associate director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University.
As an audio documentary producer, Jonathan has contributed to Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, “Groundwork” from the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, the “Audio History Project” from Radio Diaries, and “Stories from the Heart of the Land” from Atlantic Public Media. He has been a juror for the Third Coast International Audio Festival and One World Media awards, served on the advisory board of World Vision Report, worked as a consultant and producer on Interfaith Voices’ award-winning God and Government series, and edited the “Against the Odds” documentary project by author and columnist Ellis Cose. He guest-produced a special hour on community-based energy initiatives for the public radio program State of the Re:Union.
Jonathan is currently board chair of Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA), which offers refuge to writers and artists who are persecuted in their own countries. He has also taught, led workshops, and worked as a consulting writer and editor for international development institutions and NGOs in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Before becoming a journalist, Jonathan worked as a farmhand, forest ranger, firefighter, construction worker, bicycle messenger, maintenance man, cafeteria worker, orange picker, and day laborer. 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.