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T. Christian Miller

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and co-author of Unbelievable

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  • About T. Christian Miller

    T. Christian Miller is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter with his work appearing in major publications, such as the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. As a journalist for the Los Angeles Times during the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars, he extensively covered the reconstruction process. He documented in his 2006 book, Blood Money, the staggering corruption, waste and incompetence that led to the failure of the Iraqi reconstruction. In 2015, Miller with co-writer Ken Armstrong published “An Unbelievable Story of Rape”, a devastating true story of a young woman who was charged with lying about her rape after she recanted her story. The report underscored the need for improvements in rape investigations. The ensuing book, Unbelievable, was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Award. The Netflix’s limited series adaptation received critical acclaim and four Golden Globes nominations.

    Miller currently works for ProPublica as a senior investigative reporter and war correspondent. He has won numerous local, national, and international accolades for his work, including two Emmy Awards for the PBS Frontline documentary Firestone and the Warlord and the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting with Ken Armstrong for “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.” Miller has also won the John B. Oakes Award for his coverage of the runaway growth in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Livingston Award for his international reporting of children and war, and the Selden Ring Award for his investigative reporting on private contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also received a George Polk award for his work covering traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. military.

    Miller is a leading figure in innovation in journalism and a frequent lecturer on media issues for industry and professional organizations. As a big believer in the power of investigative reporting, he serves on the national board of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Miller grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, Miller has taught classes at his alma maters as well as Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and the College of Charleston. He now lives in Kensington, California, with his wife and their three children.

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    Unbelievable: The Story of Two Detectives’ Relentless Search for the Truth

    What we can learn from the true story of Marie—a young woman who was accused by police of lying about being raped, only to have evidence surface, years later, proving that she had been telling the truth all along.

    Blood Money

    During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Miller was the sole U.S. journalist dedicated exclusively to the reconstruction process. His groundbreaking work led to the expulsion of a top Pentagon official, the cancellation of a major arms contract, and several investigations. In this talk, Miller addresses the federal government's history of triumphs and failures in regards to topics including: contracting; waste fraud and abuse; the Iraq War; military justice; military readiness; traumatic brain injury; and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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  • Praise for T. Christian Miller

    Praise for Unbelivable

    "...a heartbreaking deep dive into a case gone horribly wrong; a bone-chilling portrait of a monstrous criminal; and a forceful cri de coeur on behalf of those victims whose claims fall on deaf ears. You’ll never read another crime story quite like it.”

    Robert Kolker, author of Lost Girls

    The authors describe how [several] cases come together in a highly suspenseful (chapters often end in cliffhangers) and thorough manner that still considers the victims and avoids gratuity… This timely, well-researched, highly readable account will appeal to readers interested in true crime and social justice issues.

    Booklist (starred review)

    A riveting true-crime story.

    O: The Oprah Magazine

    An important piece of journalism… The authors’ exhaustive research brings to life not only Marie and other victims, but also the police and other authorities who are devastated by their own mistakes…"

    Associated Press

    This is a deep, disturbing, compelling, important book. Unbelivable digs into timeless issues—crime, victimhood, honesty, sexism—which have never been more timely. It is also a fascinating, sharply written story that will twist and surprise you.

    Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin
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