Vawter named president and editor of Evansville Courier

Tue, August 26, 1997 by Tim King

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Vince Vawter, managing editor of The Knoxville News-Sentinel since 1988, will become president and editor of The Evansville (Ind.) Courier. Both newspapers are owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company.Vawter’s promotion, which is effective January 1, is prompted by the retirement of Thomas W. Tuley, who has been the editor and president of The Courier since Scripps purchased the newspaper in 1986.“Tom Tuley is as hard an act to follow as I can imagine,” said Alan M. Horton, Scripps’ senior vice president for newspapers. “I predict that whoever is in my position when Vince Vawter reaches retirement age will be saying the same thing about him. He’s smart, honest, principled, experienced, and likes and respects people – including co-workers, readers and advertisers. He even has family roots in southwest Indiana.”In his new position, Vawter, 49, will oversee editorial and business operations of The Courier, as well as business operations of The Evansville Press, which The Courier publishes through a joint operating agreement. The Courier is a morning newspaper with daily circulation of 62,000 and Sunday circulation of 115,000. The Press is an afternoon newspaper with circulation of more than 24,000.Vawter joined The Knoxville News-Sentinel as assistant managing editor in 1983, but left two years later to become general manager and part owner of a family automobile dealership in Milton, Fla. Vawter returned to the News-Sentinel in 1987 and in 1988 was named managing editor.He spent 13 years at the Memphis Press-Scimitar previous to its closing, first as a reporter/copy editor from 1970-1981 and then as its news editor from 1981 to 1983. Vawter’s journalism career began at the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial, where he was a sportswriter from 1968-1969. He is a 1994 graduate of Leadership Knoxville, and he has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 1988.The Paris, Tenn., native attended Louisiana State University, Rhodes College of Memphis, Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.Vawter and his wife, Betty, have two children; Julia 17, and Lemuel, 14.The E.W. Scripps Company operates 18 daily newspapers, nine television stations, cable systems with 800,000 subscribers, two television production companies, a 24-hour cable channel, and a licensing and syndication service.