Kirk covers the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department's antitrust division at MLex subsidiary FTC:WATCH. He is an award-winning journalist, having spent over 20 years at National Journal, where he covered a range of beats, including the White House and the U.S. Senate. He collaborated with former US Senator Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina on Hollings' book, Making Government Work. He has degrees from the Antioch School of Law, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Williams College. He practiced law in the Justice Department's Civil Division.