Steve Humphrey attended Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas, from 1920 until 1924 earning a B.A. in English. For over forty years he worked in the journalism field for publications such as The Nebraska State Journal, The Arkansas Gazette, and the Memphis Press-Scimitar. In 1944 he became a professor at the University of Tennessee, and left in 1947 to finish out his career at the Knoxville Journal. Humphrey retired in 1969 and passed away on December 2, 1990, in Tallahassee, Florida.