Mike Vernon is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and Dalhousie University, where he earned his MA in English Literature. Mike switched to journalism after serving nine years as an army officer with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, including a two-year posting at Canadian Forces Base Baden in West Germany. As a fledgling freelancer he covered the war in Croatia in 1994. Then he became a television news producer and later videojournalist with CBC Newsworld and CBC TV Calgary. He reported from Afghanistan (2002) and France (2007) for the The National and CBC Online. As an army reservist with the Calgary Highlanders, Mike served in Sierra Leone (2011) and Afghanistan (2010), producing the one-hour documentary Desert Lions: Canadian Forces Mentors in Kandahar (2011). This documentary was screened at the Calgary International Film Festival in 2012. Mike began teaching part-time at MRU in 2009. He specializes in visual storytelling and recently developed the COMM 2503 War and Media course in conjunction with Gillian Steward. When he's not teaching at MRU, Mike continues to work at CBC TV Calgary, as well as writing, shooting and editing video projects for the Canadian Armed Forces.