Best Local Author/Writer

Michael Heaton

The Minister of Culture for the win! Michael Heaton, a longtime personality at the Plain Dealer, has been informing and entertaining readers for years with his take on music, movies and the people making Cleveland as culturally resplendent as it is. Heaton is an unpretentious writer and a hell of a dude, and you want to have a beer with him as much as you want to read his reviews and analyses. That's a telltale sign of a successful voice on the page.