About Miles

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Miles, left, with his older brother, Tyler, in July 2014.

Miles Parks is a journalist based in Washington D.C., currently working as a producer for NPR’s national mid-day news-magazine, Here & Now.

He coordinates the show’s use of network resources for coverage of breaking news and national politics stories. He also reports music pieces for the show and NPR Music.

Miles came to NPR as the 2014-’15 Stone and Holt Weeks Fellow. In June 2014, he was selected as the sole and final recipient of the fellowship, a program designed for a “young journalist committed to making the world a better place.”

At The Washington Post, Miles worked as a general assignment reporter on the local desk, covering breaking news stories like the Ferguson protests in D.C. and “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry’s death, as well as spending a week helping with the paper’s midterm election coverage.

His obituary of legendary Tennessee Volunteers coach Pat Summitt was published on The Post‘s front page and was nationally syndicated.

At NPR, he was placed on the investigative team, where he worked under editor Bob Little and published stories on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He began working for Here & Now in July 2015.

Prior to being selected for the Weeks Fellowship, Miles worked for The Ledger in Lakeland, Fl., where he covered crime and emergency services, before being promoted to the city government beat for Winter Haven, the paper’s second largest city beat.

In his time in Lakeland, Miles produced more than 350 articles, including more than 40 A1 stories.

Miles is a 2013 graduate of the University of Tampa, with a double major in writing (concentration in journalism) and theatre. While in school, he completed many reporting internships and worked as a sports editor for UT’s student paper, The Minaret. He was awarded the Ernie Pyle Award for Journalist Excellence in 2013 for his contributions to the paper.

While in college, Miles was published in numerous publications (including PinstripesPlus.com, The Tampa Bay Times, and The UT Journal) and was also seen on stage in a variety of different ways.

He is the son of two successful writers/ journalists in the Tampa Bay area (Cherie Diez and Kyle Parks.)