Bruce Tinsley, who was born in Louisville, Ky., has been a reporter, editorial writer and copy editor for newspapers in Kentucky, Virginia and Washington, DC.
Tinsley acknowledges that the main character, Mallard the conservative duck/reporter, in his comic strip is based wholly on himself.
In newspapers around the country, Tinsley’s work generates loads of reader mail, much of it contentious. “Some like me,” he says. “And some really hate me, but that just lets me know that I’m doing my job.”
Tinsley was a Reader’s Digest Fellow at Indiana University’s graduate school of journalism. He hopes to teach someday.