Houston news pioneer Ray Miller dies

HOUSTON Miller began his career at KPRC and served as the station's news director between 1959 and 1979. He helped establish the emerging medium to local viewers and also hired Texas' first TV newswoman, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Miller was perhaps best known for creating the popular news magazine 'The Eyes of Texas,' which he hosted in its early years. Our colleague, Dave Ward, knew Miller and remembered him as a true professional.

"He wasn't an easy man to work for. He demanded excellence," said Ward. "He demanded that things be right. He usually got his way. He was a great news director in television. The Houston market was very fortunate to have him here."

Senator Hutchison released the following statement Saturday afternoon:

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and former colleague Ray Miller. He gave me my first job, taking a chance on a new law school graduate who had never had a class in journalism. I learned more from him than I could have ever imagined possible. Ray Miller was the legendary news director at that station. A celebrated journalist, he was a professional mentor to me and so many reporters over his 50 plus years in broadcast news.

"Ray served honorably in both World War II and the Korean War. He was the author of ten books on Texas, and his love of our state is reflected in the books and television programs that he produced.

"Among Ray's accomplishments, in 1969 he created "The Eyes of Texas," the weekly show that celebrated Texas culture and its history. Ray's soft, folksy voice and gift for storytelling are evident in those early episodes.

"Ray was a celebrity in Houston, someone who thousands of Houstonians met personally around town, but even if they didn't, they felt they knew him.

"Ray will be remembered for what he has given to the city of Houston and to the State of Texas. My heartfelt condolences are with his family."

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