Don Umphrey is an author and professor emeritus at Southern Methodist University, where he served on the faculty for 22 years and taught classes in communication. He earned his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Texas at Austin, M.A. in mass communications from Texas Tech University, and B.A. in English from Lipscomb University.
Don is the author of two fact-based novels, The Meanest Man in Texas and Southerners in Blue: They Defied the Confederacy and other titles relating to addiction recovery. He serves as publisher of the Dallas-based book-publishing firm, Quarry Press.
Prior to his academic career, Don served as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist near his birthplace, Detroit, Michigan. He has won awards as a newspaper columnist, investigative reporter, and television producer, and for his academic research dealing with television audience studies.
He and his wife, Kim, reside near White Rock Lake in Dallas.