Vin Burke was born in 1940 and grew up in Springfield, Mass. He graduated from Classical High  School in 1958, where he was captain of the swim team and an officer in the Boy’s Patrol.  He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Springfield College in U.S. political history and teacher education. Vin attended Syracuse University and earned a Ph.D., majoring in 20th century U.S. history, public law and fair trial-free press. While working on his graduate degree, he worked at a local AM radio station. Upon completing his Ph.D., he was offered a position in TV news in Springfield, Mass., in 1970. This assignment was followed by positions with increasing responsibility at TV stations in Hartford, Louisville, Chicago, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Syracuse and finally back to Springfield, where he left as station manager in 1994 to form his own company. Vin has a room full of awards for his work but is proudest of an Emmy award for reporting in Chicago in 1979 on the Flight of AA 191 and of a miniature Liberty Bell he received from Frank Rizzo, Sr., former police commissioner and mayor of Philadelphia. Since 1994, Vin has operated in Darien as Burke Communications, acting as a consultant and providing media training for corporate executives and TV news reporters. He is one of the founders of The Darien Times. Vin and his wife Lynne live in Darien and have two sons and twin grandsons. He is former commodore of the Darien Boat Club and a member of the Noroton Bay Association, former member of the Darien RTC, and member and former board chairman of the Darien YMCA. His main outside interest is as an active supporter of Tiny Miracles, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of prematurely born babies in Connecticut. Sponsored by Bert von Stuelpnagel