Mike Vernon holds degrees in English literature from the Royal Military College of Canada and Dalhousie University. He was commissioned as an officer in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and served in West Germany, Victoria, and Gagetown. After leaving the Regular Force as a captain in 1994, he covered the war in Croatia as a freelance journalist. He went on to become a television news producer with CBC Newsworld in Calgary before retraining as a videojournalist. In 1999 he joined the Army Reserve as an officer in the Calgary Highlanders. In 2002 he covered the war in Afghanistan for CBC. He left CBC in 2008 in order to teach broadcast journalism at Mount Royal University and Athabasca University. At the same time, he served as the commanding officer of the Calgary Highlanders from 2007-2010. In 2010 he shot the one-hour documentary Desert Lions: Canadian Forces Mentors in Kandahar for the Canadian Army. In 2011 he served nine months in Freetown, Sierra Leone as a member of the British-led International Military Advisory and Training Team. Mike Vernon lives in Calgary.