Vince Vawter, a native of Memphis and a person who stutters, retired after a 40-year career in newspapers, most recently as the president and publisher of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press.
He attended Louisiana State University, Rhodes College of Memphis, the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
He began his newspaper career as a sportswriter at the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial.
In 2002-2003 he was president of the board of directors of the Hoosier State Press Association. He previously served as managing editor of The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel and news editor of the now-defunct Memphis Press-Scimitar.
Vince spends his retirement traveling the country — physically and virtually — discussing his books with schools, reading and education groups, as well as stuttering advocacy organizations.
He and his wife, Betty, live in Louisville, Tenn., on a small farm in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains near Knoxville.