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March 19, 2014

‘Newslady’ eyeing seat in U.S. Senate

THOMASVILLE — Who is Steen “Newslady” Miles?

She is a Democratic candidate for Georgia’s soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat. She’s also much more than that.

 Miles drove to Thomasville through both Atlanta’s nightmarish rush hour traffic and severe thunderstorms in order to participate in the Meet-the-Candidates Forum sponsored by the Thomas County Democratic Party on Monday night at The Meeting Place on Gordon Avenue.

“I promised the good Democrats of Thomas County I would come — and when I give my word to do something, I must do that thing,” Miles said.

SeMiles was placed on the path of excellence from birth. She is the eldest child of the Rev. Austin Davis and Rose Davis. She has six brothers (one deceased) and two sisters. She grew up in South Bend, Ind. She is the mother of two adult daughters and has two grandchildren.

“Faith, family and friends were the pillars my parents instilled within me,” Miles said. “In my family’s yearly travels from Indiana to Mississippi to visit my grandparents, we would routinely be stopped by the police throughout Mississippi. They couldn’t fathom why we were so well-dressed and polite. They had difficulty comprehending that my father was a pastor. I saw prejudice up close and personal on many occasions, and those experiences have motivated me to tirelessly battle racism ever since.”

Miles attended Ball State University and Georgia State University. A published author, her first book, a childhood memoir entitled Teenie: Newslady in Training, is available in most major bookstores and on Amazon.com. She is currently writing her second book, chronicling her 30 years in the news media.

Miles is perhaps best known as a three-time Emmy award-winning reporter/anchor for WXIA-TV 11Alive — the NBC affiliate in Atlanta. Her 15 years at 11Alive also included a stint as managing editor and capped a 30-year career in broadcast news which began in her hometown of South Bend, where she was the first African-American female reporter in the city at WNDU-TV. Her pioneering broadcast career includes state broadcast editor, United Press International, Atlanta; news director, WVON-WGCI, Chicago; news director, WBMX Chicago; reporter WMAQ Radio, NBC, Chicago; and WCKY Radio, Cincinnati. In addition to three Emmys and four Emmy nominations, her journalism awards include United Press International, Associated Press and the Gannett Corporation. She has four Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Feature Awards and the coveted Pioneer Journalist of the Year Award. For seven years in Atlanta, Steen also hosted the award-winning cable television show “Faith and the City,” a discussion of current events and public policy from diverse faith perspectives. She served as

Miles has served on numerous boards and in leadership positions with organizations related to youth, education, health and transportation. She has received more than 275 awards and recognitions for community service, including a 2013 Congressional commendation from 4th District Congressman Hank Johnson for Outstanding Community Service. She is requested to speak for baccalaureates, churches, school career and honors days, and business and government programs across the United States and in the Caribbean. Miles has been invited to the White House twice by two presidents and was among a select group of Georgians invited to Washington, D.C., to witness Nelson Mandela receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award. She is a 2013 graduate of the prestigious FBI Citizens Academy and 2005 graduate of the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute. She is also a 2002 graduate of Leadership DeKalb and served on its Board of Directors.

Miles is an associate minister at Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur. As an international ambassador for peace, she has travelled to the Holy Land in Israel, as well as to Seoul, South Korea.

She added: “I am completely clear that my ministry is public service.”

Miles has several areas of interest. She thoroughly enjoys playing Scrabble, praying, sharing her experiences, mentoring young people, writing, public speaking, attending the theater whenever possible and listening to all genres of music.

She is the former state senator for the 43rd District, serving east DeKalb and Rockdale counties from 2005-2007. She co-sponsored the following bills that were signed into law: Courthouse Security, Child Abuse Reporting, School Athletic Safety Policy, Joshua’s Law for Driver, Education, Soliciting on MARTA Trains, MARTA Reserve Fund Spending, Veteran’s License Plates Fund, Georgia Smoke-free Act and the creation of Public Safety Motorcycle Unit for the Georgia State Patrol. As a freshman legislator in a minority status (Republican-controlled Senate), Miles was highly effective in working across the aisle. She authored eight high-profile pieces of legislation, including a measure to regulate the title pawn industry, landfill cleanup, indigent health care, a requirement that businesses with more than 10,000 employees provide health insurance, a requirement that businesses report how many employees receive state-funded health care and a measure to provide health insurance to all Georgia children. In all, Miles co-sponsored as an early signer 52 pieces of legislation, nine of which were signed into law. Miles was also successful in getting $1.7 million for the proper closure and cleanup of the Scales Road Landfill in Lithonia. She worked hard to secure badly needed funding for Rockdale Cares, a respite center for the developmentally challenged.

Miles considers herself to be a moderate progressive Democrat.

She said, “On paper, there isn’t a great deal of difference between myself, Dr. Rad (Branko Radulovacki) and Todd Robinson. The primary difference, however, is the skill set. I have proven that I have the experience to move Georgia forward. This is what I stand for.

“I believe the working and middle classes must be defended. I believe we should protect our environment. I believe in fair and equal opportunity for all. I believe that women should be paid the same wages men are paid whenever they do the same work as men. I believe we must grow the economy and create good jobs for the American people.

“I will work to safeguard women's reproductive rights, protect and expand affordable health care, enact immigration reform, and work to bring real rail to Georgia.”

Miles concluded: “I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words about the beloved community. He stated: ‘Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.’ I stand for fairness and equal opportunity for all Georgians. Racism and greed are destroying the fabric of our great nation and the great state of Georgia. These things should not be; and I am unequivocal about that. We are one Georgia, indivisible — with liberty and justice for all. I believe that with all that I am.”

 

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