Jim Miklaszewski

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Born8 July 1949
Journalist who in June 2001 attended Operation Dark Winter. The first to report the Pentagon had been attacked on 9-11.

Employment.png Pentagon correspondent

In office
1985 - September 2016
Attended Operation Dark Winter. The first to report the Pentagon had been attacked on 9-11.

James Alan 'Mik' Miklaszewski, is a journalist whose career spanned more than forty years, most of it covering the White House and Pentagon for NBC News.

He attended the June 2001 Operation Dark Winter exercise that foretold of the 2001 anthrax attacks. On September 11, 2001, Miklaszewski was NBC's Chief Pentagon Correspondent and was the first to live from his desk report that the Pentagon had been attacked. He then led NBC's coverage of US military operations for the war in Afghanistan, and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.


Miklaszewski's broadcast career began in West Texas at radio stations KVOP in Plainview and KLBK] in Lubbock. He then spent several years as a News Director/Reporter for several radio stations in Madison and La Crosse, Wisconsin and in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1980 Miklaszewski signed on as one of the "CNN Originals" where he covered the wars in Lebanon, El Salvador and the Falkland Islands. CNN later assigned him to the Reagan White House where he reported on the Beirut barracks bombing that killed 220 Marines in Lebanon, the US military invasion of Grenada, and the President and Mrs. Reagan's trip to China.

NBC hired Miklaszewski first as a Pentagon correspondent in 1985 where he joined US forces during the "Tanker Wars" in the Persian Gulf. Jim was later assigned to cover President George H. W. Bush during the first Gulf War with Iraq, and summits with Mikhail Gorbachev, and Boris Yeltsin. He remained in the White House for President Bill Clinton's first term and reelection. Miklaszewski returned to the Pentagon where he covered the 9/11 attack, the US invasion of Iraq ordered by President George W. Bush, and ultimately the US Navy SEALs operation that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden.

In 2007, Miklaszewski, still working for NBC, was paid handsomely from an interest group to hold a talk, where he trashed a candidate whose policies the group opposed. Miklaszewski spoke before the Rhode Island Business Expo, in exchange for $30,000 from the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. He told his audience that Democratic Party presidential candidate John Edwards is a "loser" because he paid $400 for a haircut, an incident much talked about in corporate media[1].

During his career Miklaszewski received an Emmy Award for his reporting on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary series After Nam about the Vietnam War, and a Cable Industry award for his coverage of the Salvadoran Civil War.

He retired from NBC on September 28, 2016. He is married to Cheryl Heyse Miklaszewski and has two children, James and Jeffrey and two daughters-in-law, Cybill and Samantha.


Event Participated in

Operation Dark Winter22 June 200123 June 2001Washington DC
Andrews Air Force Base
An exercise where senior former officials would respond to a bioterrorist induced national security crisis. Uncannily predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks and other narratives. Held June 2001.


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