John X. Miller is the senior editor for news and commentary for The Undefeated, ESPN’s new website that reports on the intersection of race, sports and culture. Miller was managing editor of the Winston-Salem Journal newspaper for 2 1/2 years before moving to ESPN. He is a native of Winston-Salem and is the first African- American managing editor of the Journal.
From 1999 to 2008, he was at the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Media Partnership, first as the Free Press’ Public Editor, then as the DMP’s Director of Community Affairs. His primary responsibilities as Public Editor were writing corrections, handling accuracy, credibility, readership and ethical issues for the newspaper, and he also wrote a column in an ombudsman role.
Prior to working at the Free Press, John was the editor of the Hickory Daily Record for three years, managing editor The Sun News newspaper in Myrtle Beach, SC, and the editor of The Reporter newspaper in Lansdale, PA. He is an original staff member of USA Today, joining the staff in August 1982. He left USA Today as deputy managing editor/sports in 1991 for Lansdale, PA. Prior to USA Today, he worked at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and Roanoke (Va.) Times & World-News.
He is a 1977 graduate of Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
He has led award-winning newsrooms in Winston-Salem, Hickory, Myrtle Beach and Lansdale, capturing awards for public service, general excellence, reporting, editorial writing, multimedia journalism, online breaking news, diversity, newspaper design and outstanding cooperation as an Associated Press member.
He currently serves on the board of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and has served on various ASNE and APME boards and committees. He has been a Pulitzer Prize Juror, a facilitator at the American Press Institute and was the first Donald W. Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Washington and Lee University in 2005. He was the executive-in- residence at MIJE’s Management Training Center at Northwestern University from 1989 to 2002.
He also was CEO of a Michigan non-profit organization, The Heat And Warmth Fund, for two years after leaving the Free Press and before returning to journalism at the Hickory Daily Record.