A graduate of New York University in 1971 with a B.A. in English, Mark Kernes spent 19 years as a court reporter (stenographer), gradually gaining the respect of his fellow reporters in the Philadelphia and Media, PA areas. He joined the ranks of U.S. political prisoners in 1969 after having been arrested for possession of marijuana. He currently works for the adult industry trade magazine Adult Video News, with his first review having appeared in its fourth issue (May, 1983). He joined the staff full time in 1991. His forte is legal news as it affects both the adult industry and any person or institution targeted by religio-reactionary groups. He is currently working on a collection of his articles for book publication.