Vern Parker is the former automotive editor of the Washington (D.C.) Times. While earning an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1968, Parker was a stringer The Manhattan Mercury, Topeka Capital-Journal, Wichita Eagle and the Kansas City (Mo.) Star. He formerly held positions with the Providence (R.I.) Journal and Bulletin and the Decatur (Ill.) Herald-Review. Since 1989, Parker has spearheaded the annual antique classic car revue in McLean, Va.