Former WXIA journalist Steen Miles died this week after a long battle with lung cancer.
The Atlanta NBC affiliate reports Miles joined the station in 1984 and worked there as assignment editor, managing editor and reporter/anchor until 1999 when she went to work for the local transit agency. She was elected state senator in 2005.
“She fought cancer with humor, optimism and determination and shared her battle on Facebook up until very recently,” said WXIA reporter Valerie Hoff. “Steen’s death is a shock and a loss. It’s also a reminder that those who have lost their lives to cancer didn’t fight any less hard than the rest of us who have recovered from it – we simply got lucky.”
Steen started her career at WNDU in South Bend, Ind. as a reporter and anchor. She went on to work for WCKY Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio and later WMAQ Radio in Chicago, according to TheHistoryMakers.com. Miles moved to Atlanta in 1980 to work as the state broadcast editor for United Press International after working as news director at WBMX and WVON-WGCI in Chicago.
The Georgia Senate filed a resolution Tuesday to honor her time in journalism and local politics by District 2 Senator Lester Jackson.