Scott Miller has had a life-long fascination, verging on obsession with the news. He grew up on a farm near Tavistock, Ont. with three TV channels and no internet. But, he could be found vigorously switching between those channels at 6 p.m. to find out what was happening around the corner and around the world.
“I never imagined, one day, I’d get the chance to be one of those reporters, I loved so much, to watch on TV,” said Scott.
He got his start in the world of media at CJCS Radio in Stratford as a weekend newscaster.
“I’d been shushed at the kitchen table enough times to know reading the obituaries during the 12:30 report would ensure my family was listening to me.
He moved onto Fanshawe College where he was awarded Best Current Affairs of the Year, before graduating in 2001 with diplomas from the Broadcast Journalism and Television News Programs.
In 2002, Scott started as a news writer at The New PL in London and the next year, started as a reporter/videographer at The New NX in Wingham, where he tries his best to cover a vast area, stretching from Stratford to Owen Sound and along the beautiful Lake Huron shoreline.
While he’s covered hundreds of local stories over his 20+ years carrying a microphone, a few stand out.
The 2006 funeral for fallen Canadian soldier Matthew Dinning, where the entire town of Wingham filled the community’s arena for an incredibly powerful and emotional ceremony to honour a local hero.
The 2010 death of OPP Constable Vu Pham, where the entire policing community converged on Wingham, again, for a moving tribute to a beloved father and police officer.
“Both tragic events were vivid examples of the strength of community,and reminder that most people, when the chips are down, are kind and good,” said Miller.
Scott is a three-time RTDNA award winner. In 2006, for “Little Champion”, in 2012, as part of the CTV London team continuing coverage of the Goderich Tornado and his most cherished award, his 2014 award for a series of stories about his own diagnosis with Testicular Cancer.
“I still have people come up to me today, asking me about my health, and telling me that my personal story, made them talk to their sons, brothers, husbands, and grandsons, about a generally uncomfortable subject, most men prefer not to talk about. It helped remind me that you never know who you’re going to impact by simply sharing your truth,” said Miller, who has been proudly cancer free for nearly 10 years.
In his spare time, Scott is an avid tennis player, volleyball player, runner and gym rat. He has been a soccer and baseball coach, along with twice participating in Dancing with the Stars of Huron County (2015 winner, Woohoo).
He helped his community raise $4 million dollars to renovate the Wingham and District Hospital and is currently one of the driving forces behind Wingham’s Terry Fox Run.
Scott thanks his parents Wallace and Jane, for nurturing his love of current affairs for so many years and his wife Jessica and son Miles, for putting up with his love of the news.
“Meeting you, the fine people of midwestern Ontario and sharing your stories, has been by privilege for more than 20 years. I hope to continue being your voice for many more years to come,” said Miller.
Scott’s first language is English. His pronouns are he/him.