Miles O’Brien, a veteran freelance broadcast and Web journalist, has been elected by the Amputee Coalition to its Board of Directors. O’Brien, whose work focuses on science, technology, and aerospace, is the science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, and is a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA. O’Brien also serves as a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation series, the coalition says.

The coalition states in a recent news release that O’Brien worked for CNN as the science, environment, and aerospace correspondent, and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning. O’Brien has also garnered numerous awards including a Peabody and DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

While on assignment in February 2014, the release reports that a heavy equipment case fell on O’Brien’s forearm. As a result, he developed acute compartment syndrome, ultimately necessitating the emergency amputation of his left arm below the elbow.

O’Brien notes in the release that he is still new to living with limb loss, yet as a journalist by trade, “I have done a lot of homework and asked a lot of questions. I have quickly found the Amputee Coalition to be an essential source of accurate information as well as connecting me with other amputees who know how best to conquer this challenge. I am honored to be asked to join their board…” O’Brien says.

Sue Stout, interim president, Coalition CEO, articulates the organization’s own sense of honor in welcoming O’Brien, “He brings a wealth of person and professional experience in the science and technology arena and as a national media professional. We look forward to his input, which will enhance our efforts as we expand our programs for the community,” Stout states.

Source: Amputee Coalition