PERSONAL: Born in Grenada, MS; married Cathy McAllister (a writer), January 1, 1987.
ADDRESSES: Home—5550 Boy Scout Rd., Franklin, TN 37064.
CAREER: Writer and public speaker. Tennessee Angler, editor and publisher; WDCN-TV, Nashville, TN, field host for Tennessee Outdoorsman; Outdoors with Vern and Doug, cohost of weekly statewide radio program; Tennessee Angler Radio, producer and host of daily four-minute radio broadcast; Gallivant: Whimsical Travel, cofounder, 2003. Lecturer on fishing and writing at a community college.
MEMBER: Outdoor Writers Association of America, Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (past president), Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association (past president).
AWARDS, HONORS: Named Friend of Fisheries, Tennessee chapter, American Fisheries Society, 1998; more than thirty awards for writing, radio and television work, and photography.
Two Dozen Fishin' Holes: A Guide to Middle Tennessee, Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville, TN), 1992.
(With wife, Cathy Summerlin) Traveling the Trace, Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville, TN), 1995.
(With Cathy Summerlin) Traveling the Southern Highlands, Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville, TN), 1997.
(With Cathy Summerlin) Traveling Tennessee, Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville, TN), 1998.
(With Cathy Summerlin) Highroad Guide to the Tennessee Mountains, Longstreet Press (Marietta, GA), c. 1998.
(With Cathy Summerlin) Traveling Tennessee: A Complete Tour Guide to the Volunteer State from the Highlands of the Smoky Mountains to the Banks of the Mississippi River, Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville, TN), 1999.
(With Doug Markham) The Compleat Tennessee Angler: Everything You Need to Know about Fishing in the Volunteer State, Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville, TN), 1999.
(With Jimmy Holt) The Great Outdoorsman Cookbook, Rutledge Hill Press (Nashville, TN), 2001.
(With Cathy Summerlin) Traveling Florida, John F. Blair (Winston-Salem, NC), 2003.
Author of a weekly self-syndicated outdoor column appearing in Tennessee newspapers. Contributor of articles and photographs to magazines, including Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Bass Master, North American Fisherman, Tennessee Sportsman, Chevy Outdoors, and National Geographic Traveler.