Michael Mirer graduated from the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Spring 2016. His primary research interest is the intersection of sports, media and society. His dissertation research looks at journalistic practices at league- and team-owned media networks and outlets. He also is interested in political communication and media history. He earned his BA in history from Columbia in 2002 and then worked as a sportswriter at newspapers in New Mexico and California. He also worked for a year as a communications consultant at a small firm in Madison.