Mark Mederson is a doctoral candidate specializing in media history. He earned his M.A. in journalism and mass communication from Texas State University. His thesis examined the use of web cameras for prison visitation. Mark’s research focuses on U.S. media coverage of the sport of boxing historically with an emphasis on the presentation of African-Americans. He received his B.A. in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky. Mark worked in the television and film industry for more than 25 years before returning to school. He worked as a television sports reporter and anchor for several years and also produced a number of award-winning documentary films. Mark is currently a lecturer in the College of Arts and Communication, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he is teaching a course in Social Media Optimization.