Bruce MacKinnon, a native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, studied the arts for one year at
St. Francis Xavier University . He then entered the Fine Arts program at
University and finally transferred to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to study graphic design. His first professional experience in cartooning was at the age of 14, when he was hired to do a weekly cartoon for the Antigonish weekly “The Casket”. Later, while attending high school, he was hired to do cartoons for the Antigonish Spectator, and while attending St. F.X. U. he drew cartoons for the Xaverian Weekly.
He started doing a weekly editorial cartoon for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald and The Mail-Star in 1985, working at home while raising his newborn daughter. He joined the Herald full-time in August of 1986, filling the void left by renowned cartoonist Bob Chambers. Among his achievements to date he has 10 Atlantic Journalism Awards for Editorial cartooning, 2 National Newspaper Awards, and 2nd place in the inaugural World Press Cartoon competition, 2004. In 1996 he was awarded an honourary doctorate by St. Mary's University for his work in the field of editorial cartooning.
He lives in
Halifax with his wife, Peggy, and their children, Robyn and Jamieson.