Alumni Feature

'Hope Dealer' Returns Home After Working at Dream Job in Big Apple

Alumnus Launches Own Media website to tell inspiring stories

Kyle Michael Miller, a 2009 graduate of Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, decided late last year to take a leap of faith and quit his dream job at the TODAY Show to follow his passion for sharing uplifting stories.

So Miller packed up and moved back to Ohio to find and tell stories from across the country that spread a positive message. He calls this venture 'Hope Dealer.'

'Hope Dealer' is a digital and social media platform that features uplifting, inspirational and motivational stories and content. Most of the stories have an element of faith included in them,” Miller said. “You'll see stories of people who have experienced miracles and stories of people overcoming life's toughest obstacles.”

In order to fund these projects, Miller has set up a GoFundMe campaign and a website for people to submit their stories.

The idea for 'Hope Dealer' came from a childhood dream of Miller’s.

“I have always loved uplifting stories since I was a little kid so wanting to tell them as a full-time job has been a dream of mine.”

Miller knew the icing was on the cake to tell his boss he was leaving the TODAY Show to pursue his dream, when he saw his TODAY Show colleague, Hoda Kotb, upload her quote of the day to Instagram, reading “And suddenly you know, it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

'Hope Dealer' encourages others to take career risks and go for it.

“It's definitely a leap of faith and a risk, but you'll never know if you can walk on the water unless you get out of the boat and take a step.”

By Gabrielle Woodard