|Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983 with a B.S. in Transportation. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.|
From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribuneís Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribuneís night metro editor and night news coordinator. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.
He lives in Tampa with his wife and two daughters.