Jeffrey Melvin Hutchins

Author, Speaker, Advocate

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Jeff Hutchins was born in 1948 in New York City, but his parents moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1954 and lived there until 1966.

After finishing 9th grade in Dhahran, he went one year to Mt. Hermon in western Massachusetts, and then finished high school in 1965 at the American Community School (ACS) in Beirut, Lebanon. He is a past president of the ACS Alumni Association and served on the school's Board of Trustees.

Jeff graduated from Boston University in 1969 with a degree in Broadcasting & Film, and began working at WGBH-TV in the brand new Caption Center in 1973. He stayed there until 1980, when he joined the new National Captioning Institute as an executive. In 1986, he helped found VITAC, which became the country's largest captioning company, with partners Joe Karlovits, Marty Block, Dave Crane, and Ed Fulesday.
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Jeff and wife Diane in Florence
April 2007

Jeff has been married since 1971 to Diane (nee Mahler), and they have two children: Rachel (b. 1976) and Nell (b. 1982). Their first grandchild, Theo, was born in 2015, and he is absolutely wonderful.

Diane and Jeff retired in 2006 and moved to the mountains of western North Carolina in 2008.  They live in beautiful Black Mountain, just outside of Asheville.

Jeff is a lifelong Unitarian and a Humanist.