Mike reports on technology and digital entertainment from DVDs and video games to high definition television and Net-based media. In addition to covering the rise of social networks, he also tracks trends in home entertainment. He joined USA Today in 1990 as a medical writer. He began his journalism career as a general assignment reporter covering primarily police, courts, health care and politics at The Examiner in Independence, Mo., and Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader.