John Tinker (TV producer)

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John Tinker
Born (1958-07-11) 11 July 1958 (age 60)
United States
Alma materMiddlebury College (1981)
OccupationExecutive Producer, Writer
Spouse(s)Ronda Rich
Parent(s)Grant Tinker
Ruth Byerly
RelativesMark Tinker, Michael Tinker, Jodie DiLella

John Tinker is an American television producer and writer. He is the co-creator of the CBS drama Judging Amy and has been an Executive Producer and Writer on American television shows such as NBC's iconic St. Elsewhere, the CBS drama Chicago Hope, the ABC drama The Practice, and the NBC drama The Book of Daniel. Recently, he developed the television series "Chesapeake Shores" for the Hallmark Channel and was the Executive Producer and Co-Writer on the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "Love Locks". Tinker won the 1986 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the script "Time Heals" which he co-wrote with Tom Fontana and John Masius. He has received numerous Emmy Award nominations and Humanitas Award nominations. He is the son of television executive, Grant Tinker, and his first wife, Ruth Byerly.[1]

Tinker's great, great grandfather, Charles Almerin Tinker, was one of the nations's first telegraph operators assigned to an office in Illinois where he became good friends with a young lawyer who found himself fascinated by the new contraption and asked Tinker to show him how it worked. Later, that same lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, asked Tinker to serve as a cypher operator on the War Department's telegraph staff in the White House during the Civil War. Much of Charlie Tinker's detailed, personal diaries chronicle his years working in the telegraph office where Lincoln spent much of his day sending and receiving dispatches from the battle lines.

Tinker is married to the best-selling Southern author and syndicated columnist, Ronda Rich.


  1. ^ Shah, Diane K. (October 25, 1987). "STARTING OVER: TV'S GRANT TINKER" (web). New York Times. Retrieved December 20, 2017.