Vawter, McAuliffe promoted at The Evansville Courier

Fri, May 15, 1998 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Vince Vawter, editor and president of The Evansville (Ind.) Courier, has been promoted to president and publisher of the newspaper.Paul McAuliffe, executive editor of The Courier, will succeed Vawter as editor. The promotions are effective June 1. The Courier is owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company.As publisher, Vawter will increase his focus on advertising, circulation and general business operations."Vince is a superb executive who for two and a half years has ably worked two jobs - editor and president," said Alan M. Horton, Scripps senior vice president for newspapers. "But, The Courier is a thriving and growing business needing the attention of a full-time chief executive officer."Vawter, 51, was named editor and president of The Courier in 1996, after serving eight years as managing editor of The Knoxville News-Sentinel, another Scripps newspaper. He spent 13 years at the Memphis Press-Scimitar, first as a reporter/copy editor and then as its news editor, before it closed in 1983. Vawter’s journalism career began in 1968 as a sportswriter at the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial. McAuliffe, 48, has been executive editor of The Courier since 1990. He began his newspaper career in 1974 as a summer intern for The Evansville (Ind.) Press. He spent 12 years at The Press as a reporter, assistant metro editor, metro editor and managing editor. He was named managing editor of The Courier when Scripps acquired the newspaper in 1986. "Those who know Paul realize how much he has to offer as a journalist and a community leader," Vawter said. "The merging efficiencies of printed and electronic newspapers give Paul a chance to shine in areas in which he has considerable expertise."Also at The Courier, J. Bruce Baumann, 55, former managing editor of The Herald in Monterey, Calif., has been named managing editor. Baumann, a native of Evansville, began his newspaper career in 1960 as a sportswriter intern with The Courier and worked for the former Sunday Courier and Press in Evansville from 1964 to 1969. He also served 10 years as assistant managing editor of The Pittsburgh Press and for three years was editor of Scripps’ book publishing division. The E.W. Scripps Company operates 20 daily newspapers; nine network-affiliated television stations; two cable television networks, Home & Garden Television and the Food Network; a television programmer, Cinetel Productions; independent Yellow Pages directories in Florida and Tennessee; and United Media, a worldwide syndicator and licensor of news features and comics.