“This state can be proud of Paul Miller, a man whose childhood and youthful years were spent in Oklahoma, where he developed the character and talents which now are known and recognized around the world.”
Paul Miller was born in Missouri and moved early in life with his family to Oklahoma. He studied at the University of Oklahoma and received a degree from Oklahoma State University before he joined The Associated Press as a night filing editor in Ohio in 1932. He became chief of the group’s Washington Bureau in 1942 and also became its general manager. In 1947, he joined Gannett Newspapers as an assistant to the president, Frank E. Gannett, in New York. Miller was named president and chief executive officer of the company in 1957. He became president of The Associated Press in 1963 and became chairman of the board in 1972, when he was also named by New York Magazine as one of the “ten most influential men in the communications industry.” In the summer of 1972, Miller traveled to China to reestablish news facilities that had been forbidden there for generations.
At the age of 18, Paul Miller began his newspaper career. He worked for newspapers in Pawhuska, Stillwater, Guthrie, Okemah, Norman, and Oklahoma City. In college, he was the correspondent for The Daily Oklahoman and Times in Stillwater and in Norman.
Miller came to eastern Oklahoma with his family around 1908.