Washington State Magazine

Fall 2004

Fall 2004

In This Issue...


A Little Bronze—Strategically Placed :: Although it might be better known for wine and wheat, Walla Walla is also home to one of the most prominent fine-art foundries. For a short time this fall, 32 sculptures cast at the Walla Walla Foundry will reside at 13 locations across the Pullman campus.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: A little bronze—Strategically placed Photos by George Bedirian. }

Tracking Trucks :: One heavily-loaded eighteen-wheeler can cause the same highway damage as 7,000 cars. Ken Casavant and other transportation economists are trying to make sense of the effects of trucks on the state's highways.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Truck Drivin' Man Photos by Rajah Bose of the romance of trucking. }

No Hollow Promise :: Half of all new public-school teachers quit within five years, and the best and brightest are often the first to go. Worse, the attrition rate at high-needs schools is even greater. The CO-TEACH program at WSU decided to change this situation.

An Exquisite Scar :: The beauty of the channeled scablands comes from unimaginable catastrophe.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Images of Washington's Channeled Scabland Photos by Robert Hubner. }

Carlton Lewis—Still Building Bridges :: The early 1970s were tumultuous years on the WSU campus. As student body president, Carlton Lewis helped keep things from boiling over. Now he presides over Devcorp Consulting Corporation, a project management company with teeth.



:: SEASONS/SPORTS:Big little man Bill Tomaras


Cover: Edison Elementary teacher Jacqui Fisher '00 with students Dillon Skedd, Alejandrina Carreño, Jorge Herrera, Kylee Martinez. Photograph by Laurence Chen.

Brian Miller (right) with members of his crew for <em>The Next Joe Millionaire</em>shoot—Todd Yeager, audio, and Paula Abarca, camera assistant.


Brian Miller (right) with members of his crew for The Next Joe Millionaireshoot—Todd Yeager, audio, and Paula Abarca, camera assistant. Brian Miller

Viewing life through the lens of a camera

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After a dozen years as a photojournalist with KIRO-TV, Brian Miller left the security of a television-station job in 1998 to start his own company, Wide Angle TV.

Two factors influenced his decision-time and money. And he yearned to be independent.

He now works one-third as much as he did before and earns three times the money, he says. But the freelance business can be unpredictable, subject to such variables as the weather and the economy.

Miller won't venture a guess at an "average" work week. "There isn't any"-and he's fine with that. Some days he might put in 15-20 hours-when he's working. The downside is the time between assignments.

"It can get a bit frustrating," says the Washington State University graduate ('86 Comm.). "I just try to keep the faith and know the phone will ring . . . sometime."

His assignments-with KIRO-TV and after-have been varied, sometimes risky. In 1996, KIRO wanted to report on the link between Seattle's Russian mafia and such activities as the importing of illegal goods, car theft rings, and extortion, he says.

Miller and reporter Neal Karlinsky spent 10 days in Vladivostok on the assignment. They gained access to the Russian mafia through business contacts in Seattle, Miller says, and through his interpreter. The team produced a three-part series entitled, The Russian Connection. For their effort, Miller and Karlinsky shared a second-place award in the 1996 New York International Film Festival.

Miller's other credits include two Northwest Regional Emmys: one for China White, a 1996 in-depth news piece about the heroin trade in Vancouver, B.C.; the other for his 1993 coverage of the Laguna Beach, California, wildfires.

As an independent cameraman, he can pick assignments that excite him. Last October he was on a Warner Brothers' lot in Los Angeles shooting interviews with cast members, including Keanu Reeves, of the movie blockbuster, The Matrix Revolutions. Earlier the same week, he was across town shooting a corporate video for Ruby's restaurants.

In the summer and early fall 2003, he spent five weeks in various locations in Italy-Rome, Florence, Venice, and Pisa-and on the island of Sardinia, shooting scenes for the television show, The Next Joe Millionaire. Then it was off to New York on an assignment for MTV-Making the Video, a backstage look at the latest Britney Spears and Madonna music video.

"It's almost like a job," Miller says. "I'm in the Roman Coliseum. I'm on top of the Space Needle. I get to experience these things not only as a cameraman, but also as Brian Miller, citizen of the world."

Categories: Journalism, Alumni | Tags: Photography

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