Henry Miller, the Daily Telegraph’s reporter in New York for more than 20 years, has died aged 71.
His career in journalism began after completing national service with the RAF.
He got a reporting job with the South London Observer and a local news agency before joining the Berkshire Chronicle in Reading, where he became chief reporter.
In 1957 he moved to the Daily Telegraph as a reporter specialising in security stories. With Telegraph colleague John Bulloch he wrote Spy Ring, an account of some of Britain’s security lapses.
After brief assignments in Brussels and Bonn, Miller was sent to New York.
The day after he arrived, he covered the Indianapolis 500 motor race.
From then on there was plenty of work for him, and in his leisure time he slipped easily into the persona of the Englishman abroad, singing Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner at parties.
Miller covered many defining events in US history, including presidential elections, race riots, the last voyage of the Queen Mary and the American space programme.
In other career highlights, he was aboard the plane that civil rights leader Martin Luther King insisted should turn back when Robert Kennedy was shot; he went to Montreal to cover the pursuit of the kidnappers of trade commissioner James Cross; and he observed the troubles in Nicaragua.
After leaving the paper in the Nineties, Miller freelanced for the Evening Standard, the Sunday Telegraph and several New York papers.
He also worked as a taxi driver at Great Neck station, but abandoned his idea of writing a book about his experiences after he was mugged.
He is survived by his widow, Patricia Campbell, two sons and a daughter.