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Miles O'Brien Leaving CNN After 16 Years

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NEW YORK — Miles O'Brien will soon be leaving CNN after 16 years.

O'Brien, who has been CNN's chief technology and environment correspondent since ending his stint as anchor of "American Morning" in April 2007, is departing as the network dismantles its science and technology unit. Six producers also will be leaving.

CNN's coverage of science, technology and the environment has been integrated into the general editorial structure, according to spokeswoman Christa Robinson.

Along with other duties, O'Brien had covered the space program for a decade, and in 2005 revealed that he had been close to getting NASA's go-ahead to be the first American journalist in space until the shuttle Columbia broke apart on its return flight two years earlier.

No departure date for O'Brien has been announced.

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