CNN anchor Miles O'Brien describes his secret life on the other side of the
We were surprised and flattered to hear CNN's anchor Miles O'Brien, of American Morning, tell us that Popular Photography & Imaging was his very first magazine subscription. Turns out that the broadcast journalist has also been shooting since the age of 14, and once even seriously considered photography as a career.
Coming at it "strictly from a journalist's point of view," O'Brien now brings his equipment around with him at all times, catching behind-the-scenes footage of his work for CNN and capturing the story, as he puts it, "of getting the story."
How long have you been shooting?
I have been taking pictures since around 8 th grade. I found an old Argus C44 that my dad had used and became instantly fascinated by it and taking pictures. I had a good friend who had a similar interest. Before too long his dad was upgrading to the Honeywell Pentax, and I got interested in the SLR. So I saved my money and bought a Ricoh Singlex. Back in the day when we shot with kerosene lanterns…
Then I got the darkroom bug and got all that equipment. And, eventually, I got into business. I started taking family portraits and weddings. I made quite a bit of money because I was 16, 17 years old. I also would shoot a golf tournament, stay up all night and have processed pictures of all the foursomes on the board. I made a killing on that!
And I never stopped. Later, when I went to college, I was a news editor at Georgetown and would take a lot of pictures for that as well. And it was good preparation for doing what I'm doing now.