Former Heartland Publisher Inducted into Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame

May 24, 2006
Michael Van Winkle

(May 24, 2006 - Chicago, Il) Dan Miller, former publisher of three of The Heartland Institute's monthly publications, will be inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame on June 23. The honor is being bestowed upon Miller and eight others journalists by the International Press Club of Chicago.

Miller served as publisher at The Heartland Institute from 1998 to 1999, when he left to become business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the nation's largest-circulation daily newspapers. Prior to joining Heartland, he served as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission from 1994-1998, and before that as editor and associate publisher of Crain's Chicago Business, which he helped launch in 1978. He began his career in journalism as a reporter for the now-defunct Chicago Daily News.

"The Heartland Institute was extremely lucky when Dan chose to come here for a year and help us relaunch several of our monthly newspapers. Not only did our publications benefit from his experience and real wisdom, but everyone in the office benefitted from his leadership. His imprint is still on everything we do here. He taught us how to become real journalists, editors, and publishers. And he was a delightful person to work with."

Heartland's event planner, Nikki Comerford, was hired when Miller was publisher and recalls how honest and straightforward he was. "He kept asking me if I was sure I didn't have a problem working for libertarians," Comerford joked. "He was really a terrific guy and knew what he was doing."

The Heartland Institute is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan research organization based in Chicago. It now publishes five monthly publications with a combined circulation of 160,000 and will launch a sixth publication, for college and university trustees, in July.


For further information about The Heartland Institute, contact Michael Van Winkle at 312/377-4000, vanwinkle@heartland.org.