After graduating from Marshall University, Mike Kirkland worked on Southern West Virginia newspapers as a reporter, city editor and news editor.
He reported from Panama for Army Times during the height of the Noreiga crisis in 1988, and in 1989 led the first delegation of Western military journalists to visit Soviet ground forces, according to the Soviet military daily Red Star.
He came to United Press International in 1992 working swing shifts on the old rip-and-read broadcast desk. In 1993, he was assigned on an emergency basis to cover the U.S. Supreme Court, sharing a small office and a complete library of filed briefs off the pressroom with the legendary Lyle Denniston, and would remain embedded with the court until 2005. In 2000, while most other news outlets stumbled, Kirkland filed a correct bulletin 2 minutes after the opinion in Bush vs. Gore was handed down at 10 p.m. Dec. 12.
At one time, Kirkland simultaneously covered the Supreme Court, the U.S. Justice Department, the six independent counsel investigations, the U.S. appeals courts and the U.S. district courts, with an occasional foray to the Washington, D.C. Superior Court.
He continues to write about the Supreme Court.
March 02, 2014
WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- While the public sleeps through an unusually rough winter, the fight against climate change -- or the fight against excessive regulation, depending on your point of view -- is being waged at the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark case involving greenhouse gases.
February 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Proponents of the right to carry a handgun outside the home are riding high after two federal appeals courts ruled in their favor in a wave of Second Amendment fervor.
February 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A petition that would undo some of the effects of Citizens United vs. FEC has languished without action at the Securities and Exchange Commission for more than two years, while the same narrow U.S. Supreme Court majority that produced Citizens United appears ready to loosen campaign finance rules even further.
February 09, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Nothing is closer to the hearts of people in the United States than local politics and prayer, usually Christian prayer. The U.S. Supreme Court may be about to rule on how closely the two can be combined.
February 02, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency -- pummeled by political attacks, legal challenges, calls for reform and a highly critical review board report demanding an end to its massive surveillance program -- still must pursue its counter-terror campaign, especially in the run-up to the Super Bowl at home and the Sochi Games abroad.
February 02, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. Supreme Court order late last month protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor from the immediate effects of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate is being hailed as a triumph for the religious order. But the outcome may leave the average person wondering what has been gained.
January 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Do police have the right to search the contents of a smartphone -- often containing the massive details and photos of someone's life in digital form -- without a warrant after an arrest, and then use the results of that search against a suspect in court?
January 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Major television broadcasters -- ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Disney and others -- have stampeded to the U.S. Supreme Court to demand justice in a dispute with a new technology business that could radically change their industry.
January 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Is the United States falling tragically short in its response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, where three years of civil war have claimed about 50,000 civilian lives and produced nearly 2.3 million refugees, half of them children?
January 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Opponents of the Affordable Care Act -- and they are many and vociferous -- may be asking: Why is the Obama administration beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor?
January 05, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- If President Obama adopts the recommendations of his blue-ribbon panel on the reform of the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, will the political and legal challenges to that program evaporate like the last few drops of single-malt whiskey in a glass?