By Stephen Tsai
Ann Miller is the rare journalist who is not atwitter about Twitter, not insane over Instagram, and does not show face on Facebook. It took her years to embrace the cell phone.
Many would consider her to be an old-school journalist — and that would be accurate because of her diligence, work ethic, and skill in writing descriptive, detailed and informative prose.
But when Ann started her professional career about 35 years ago, old-school journalism was not a proverbial even field. There was wide disparity in the male-to-female ratio in news rooms, particularly in management and especially in sports departments.
Ann is regarded as Hawaii's first full-time sports reporter (OK, maybe the second, depending on The Washington Post's Barbara Vobejda's official work status). She is best known for writing about volleyball, golf and tennis. But she has covered every sport, and written about each very well, always capturing the emotion and personality of each event. Sure, her football stories were excellent, but she also wrote compelling stories about sailing. Sailing? Yep, That's Ann.
One of the inside jokes is how Ann once wrote a story on Deitre Collins that challenged newspaper space. Was it 99 inches, maybe 100-plus? The thing is, re-read the story and there's not a word that could be trimmed. The story was that good. Ann is that good.
Ann is a long-time leader for AWSM (Association for Women in Sports Media). She should serve as a role model for Hawaii's young journalists.
My fondest memory of Ann was on Oct. 25, 1986. That's when Mookie Wilson's grounder went between Bill Buckner's legs to cap the Mets' rally in Game 6 of the World Series. While watching the game in the sports department, this life-long Mets fan celebrated by bear-hugging and then hoisting Ann. (That also might have led to seminars on appropriate newsroom behavior.)
Ann retired from the Star-Advertiser this past week, although she still will contribute golf stories.
To a great journalist and person, hugs forever.