Michael Heaton is an award-winning columnist and reporter. His byline has appeared regularly in The Plain Dealer since 1987. Prior to that he was a critic and columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and a reporter for People magazine. He is a graduate of Kent State University. He is co-author of the New York Times best seller "Motherhood and Hollywood" by his sister, actress Patricia Heaton, and co-author of "I’ll Be Right Back," the autobiography of TV host Mike Douglas. He was the scriptwriter for the 2012 movie "The Christmas Heart." He is the son of legendary Plain Dealer sports writer Chuck Heaton.