Paul Miller Collection @OKSTATE Libary


Paul Miller Quotes

The Paul Miller Creed:

"SUBSTANCE ahead of Form;
BALANCE ahead of Speed;
COMPLETENESS ahead of Color;
ACCURACY ahead of everything. . ."
-- Paul Miller, September 18, 1965

"A newspaper isn't worth the ink used to print it if it doesn't stand for something."
--Rochester Rotary Club, 1950

"Our idea of a free press is not a press free for editors and publishers. Our idea of a free press is one that is free to and does provide full information on all possible subjects for all the people served."
--Rochester Newspaper Forum, 1951

"There isn't any better experience for any work - whatever you may do in later life - than carrying newspapers."
--Newspaperboy Scholarship Dinner, (Rochester), 1956

"Truth is our business. There can be no higher calling."
--Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Lecture, (University of Michigan), 1965

"Age-old devices still afford our only way to improve mankind itself - religion, human kindness, sympathy, self-sacrifice, regard for others."
--Highland-Genesee Nursing Graduation, 1967

"I get the feeling that in journalism, as in many other fields it takes a lot of experience just to be a beginner."
--Sigma Delta Chi Awards Dinner, 1969

Early Years

Printing press equipment and press crew, Okemah Daily Leader, 1928


Paul Miller, Amsterdam Trip, Louise Miller on a dock in front of the Mauritania, 1949

Associated Press

Paul Miller Associated Press annual meeting, 1963





From traditional American roots Paul Miller rose to a position of international influence in both the Gannett Corporation and Associated Press. His world-wide acquaintances, newspaper knowledge, and communication skills were acknowledged by many newspapermen in 1957 when he became president of the Gannett Corporation, and again in 1963 when he was also elected president of Associated Press. His decades of leadership have provided a legacy in the realms of journalism that will endure for generations.

Paul Miller, Editor Miller at the editor's desk of the Okemah Daily Leader office in Aug. 1928 Born in 1906 to a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister's family in Diamond, Missouri, Mr. Miller's own experiences in the newspaper world began in communities in Oklahoma. While still in high school, he worked for the Pawhuska Daily Journal as a reporter and even served briefly as city editor. During college, he worked for the Daily Oklahoman as well as on student newspapers at the University of Oklahoma and at Oklahoma A & M College, from which he graduated in 1931 after haven taken a year out to be publisher and reporter for yet another newspaper, the Okemah Daily Leader.

Miller's first job with Associated Press began in 1932, the same year in which he met and married Louise Johnson. During their first eleven years of marriage, they moved ten times as the enterprising newspaperman worked for a variety of AP bureaus in Ohio, Missouri, Utah, Pennsylvania, and New York. Then in 1942 Miller became chief of the Washington bureau, where for five years he guided national political coverage for Associated Press and headed the AP staff who reported the 1945 United Nations Organization conference in San Francisco.Paul Miller, Sailing on the Widgeon, Summer of 1961

Frank Gannett persuaded the adept bureau chief to make another move and join his corporation in 1947. Ten years later Miller was elected president of Gannett Co. Under his leadership this major media group carried out a vigorous expansion program and placed its stock on the public market.

As president and chief executive officer of the Gannett Corporation from 1957 to 1978, and as president and chairman of Associated Press from 1963 to 1977, Paul Miller traveled widely, reporting both on current events and on political, social, and cultural aspects of the countries visited. He met with presidents and other world leaders and served as the national spokesman on journalistic affairs. In the latter activity, he encouraged journalism to grow and keep up with changes in society as well as with developing technologies and to preserve its integrity. Throughout his years as a newspaperman, Miller maintained that "Our actions must be determined not by mere compliance with state or federal law, not by public attitudes, but on the basis of doing the right thing."