Stuttering didn’t stop them from being successful! The NSA likes to highlight people who face the challenge of stuttering and acheive their goals. There are many people who stutter are great communicators, who are in the public eye, give presentations to large audiences, and can inspire you to step outside your comfort zone to achieve more. Here are a few of them, including people you may meet at NSA conferences, as well as super-celebrities.

 

Joseph Biden

Joseph Biden

Former U.S. Senator and current Vice President of the United States.  Joseph Biden was a keynote speaker at the 2004 NSA annual conference.

Bob Love

Bob Love

Legendary basketball star whose number 10 was retired by the Chicago Bulls and motivational speaker who talks frequently about his stuttering. Bob Love was the NSA’s keynote speaker at the annual conference in 2000.

James Earl Jones

Award-winning actor, best known as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, also played the role of a man who stutters in the movie A Family Thing.

James Earl Jones

Marty Jezer

Writer and political activist known for his biographies of Abbie Hoffman and Rachael Carson as well as his own memoir, Stuttering, A Life Bound Up In Words.

Marty Jezer
Annie Glenn

Annie Glenn

Wife of astronaut and Senator John Glenn who overcame a severe stutter. She received an award at the NSA’s 2004 annual conference.

 

Jeff Blitz

Jeffrey Blitz

Award-winning film director, producer, and screenwriter directed the 2007 film Rocket Sciencewhich was about a stuttering boy who joins the high school debate team. Jeffrey Blitz was a keynote speaker at the 2008 NSA annual conference.

Russ Hicks

Retired computer engineer who became an award-winning public speaker in Toastmasters. Russ has been a part of the NSA since 1985 on many levels.

Russ Hicks

Lee Reeves

Successful veterinarian in Plano, TX, who founded one of the first local stuttering support groups and served as chairman of the National Stuttering Association.

Lee Reeves
John Stossel

John Stossel

Emmy-award winner and former co-anchor for the ABC news show 20/20.

Alan Rabinowitz

Alan Rabinowitz

Zoologist and conservationist known for his work in protecting endangered species. Alan Rabinowitz was a keynote speaker at the 2003 NSA annual conference.

 Scatman John Larkin

Jazz musician and poet best known for his 1994 hit “Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop).”

Scatman John Larkin

 Larry Molt

Speech-language pathologist and director of the neuroprocesses laboratory at Auburn University

Larry Molt
Arthur M. Blank

 Arthur M. Blank

Co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the NFL Atlanta Falcons. Arthur M. Blank was a keynote speaker at the 2007 NSA annual conference.

John Melendez

John Melendez

Television personality and writer, originally known as “Stuttering John” on the Howard Stern Show, he was the studio announcer on TheTonight Show with Jay Leno.

Annie Bradberry

Annie was a Member of the NSA since 1979 and Chapter leader for over 10 years of one of the first chapters outside of Northern California. Annie served as the NSA’s executive director for 10 years and is currently the Executive Director of The Foundation for Community and Family Health where she proudly serves her own community of Corona.

 Annie Bradberry

Sophie Gustafson

She won the 2009 LPGA tour title.

 sophie gustofson
Neal Jeffrey

Neal Jeffrey

Associate pastor of a mega-church in Dallas, and former professional football player.

Peter Reitzes

Peter Reitzes

Speech-language pathologist who co-founded the StutterTalk podcast.

Emily Blunt

Award-winning English-born actress who speaks openly about her childhood stuttering.

Emily Blunt

Adrian Peterson

NFL running back for the Chicago Bears who hosts a free youth football camp and volunteers to help kids who stutter.

 Adrian Peterson
Jack Welch

Jack Welch

Retired CEO of General Electric and authority on business leadership.

Mel Tillis

Mel Tillis

Legendary country singer and songwriter who made his stuttering part of his public personality.

Nobby Lewandowski

Successful businessman and motivational speaker, and former professional baseball player. Nobby Lewandowski was a keynote speaker at the 2005 NSA annual conference.

Nobby Lewandowski

Ernie Canadeo

Founder and CEO of a successful advertising agency in Long Island, NY and past chairman of the National Stuttering Association.

Ernie Canadeo
Jack Paar

 Jack Paar

Radio and television comedian who hostedThe Tonight Show.

Ron Harper

Ron Harper

Retired NBA basketball player who won five world championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

 Bob Quesal

Speech-language pathologist, professor at Western Illinois University and prominent researcher on stuttering. Robert Quesal, Ph.D. was a keynote speaker at the 1998 and 1999 Howard Bingham NSA annual conference.

Bob Quesal

Byron Pitts

Reporter for CBS Newswho won an Emmy for his coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

Byron Pitts
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world.

Johnny Damon

Johnny Damon

All-star and two-time World Series champion outfielder for the New York Yankees.

Dennis Barsema

Silicon Valley executive who served as CEO of several technology companies now devotes his time to teaching and philanthropy. Dennis Barsema was a keynote speaker at the 2002 NSA annual conference.

 

Dennis Barsema

Gerald Maguire, M.D

Director of the Kirkup Center for the Medical Treatment of Stuttering at UC Irvine. As a person who stutters himself, he is passionate in helping those who share this disorder. For more than 15 years, he has conducted numerous research studies investigating medications for the treatment of stuttering. Dr. Maguire was a keynote speaker at the NSA’s 1997 and 2006 annual conference.

Gerald Maguire
Walt Manning

 Walt Manning

Speech-language pathologist, professor at the University of Memphis, and author of textbooks on stuttering. Walter Manning, Ph.D. was a keynote speaker at the 1996 Nicholas Tunbridge & Rick Hill NSA annual conference.

Kenyon Martin

 Kenyon Martin

First overall draft pick in the 2000 NBA draft, NBA all star in 2003-2004, and member of Team USA.

Taro Alexander

Actor and teacher who founded the Our Time and Our Time Theatre Company for young people who stutter.  Taro has chaperoned a group of his students to attend and perform at the NSA’s annual conference since 2002.

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Sander Flaum

CEO of Flaum Partners, a consulting firm serving the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Sander Flaum was a keynote speaker at the 2008 NSA annual conference.

Sander Flaum
P.F. Bentley

P.F. Bentley

Award-winning photographer known for his photos of presidents.