Plain Dealer News Guild Reading
Join us in thanking the Plain Dealer News Guild for decades of service to our community by attending an online reading featuring some of the most experienced and talented journalists in our region. Each writer will read a selection from their work at the paper over the years.
Details: The Plain Dealer News Guild Reading takes place Sunday, June 7 at 7pm online through Zoom.
Zoom Info: Register for the event and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera and microphone. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here.
Mark Dawidziak was the paper’s television critic. His way with words conveyed the power of television to entertain, educate and bring us together. For more than two decades, he recognized this as the pre-eminent art form of our time, informing readers of important shows and technological trends. His 25 books include five about Mark Twain, a horror novel and three studies of classic television series: "The Columbo Phile," "The Night Stalker Companion" and "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone." His most recent book, published in 2019, is "The Shawshank Redemption Revealed," a history and celebration of the beloved film based on a Stephen King story. He also is the co-founder of the Largely Literary Theater Company, a touring troupe that promotes literature, literacy and live theater.
Laura DeMarco is a third generation Clevelander, who held many titles at The Plain Dealer in her two decades, including Friday Magazine Editor and Assistant Arts Editor. But it was as an Arts and Culture reporter that she made her biggest contribution. She covered cultural institutions, arts and entertainment, immigrant groups, festivals, historical preservation, neighborhoods and the forgotten stories of Cleveland’s most colorful characters. Her signature coverage of events such as Dyngus Day, Kurentovanje, IngenuityFest and Paczki Day helped put those events on the cultural map, while recognizing the pride a new generation of Clevelanders took in their hometown. She was honored by Cleveland City Council for "outstanding commitment, dedication and significant contributions as an Arts and Culture reporter for The Plain Dealer specializing in local history and lost landmarks.” Her multimedia features on vintage Cleveland were popular with all ages, helping put the city’s past in context as it looks forward. She is the author of the books “Lost Cleveland” and “Cleveland Then and Now.”
Mike McIntyre started tossing newspapers from the back of a truck with his dad, a Plain Dealer circulation man, as a kid. He eventually got his own route and then took a high school job selling subscriptions, first door to door and then from the Plain Dealer office at 1801 Superior. He returned, this time to the newsroom, shortly after graduating from college. Inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016, he became one of the most respected journalists in town, penning powerful feature stories that often brought our community together and writing metro columns with humanity at their heart.
Grant Segall wrote features, news, obits and columns during 34 years at The Plain Dealer. He covered the arts, the parks, lifestyles. human interest, government, schools, transportation and more. His weekly My Cleveland column highlighted people in many different fields and sides of town. He has freelanced for Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Magazine, Children’s Television Workshop, Black Issues in Higher Education and other outlets. His “John D. Rockefeller: Anointed With Oil” was published in 2000 by Oxford University Press and republished in Korea and Japan.
Andrea Simakis covered theater. She used her metro column to hold power to account and her narratives to change hearts and minds. Her prose moved people to write an Ohio governor, earning a man an early release from prison, and prompted a local college to offer a scholarship in honor of forgotten women murdered by a serial killer. "Case Closed," her final project for the paper, told the story of Sandi Fedor, a grandmother who had to track down her own rapist. It has been nominated for a Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Violence and Trauma.
Chuck Yarborough was the paper’s popular music critic. His concert reviews and deep knowledge of the music world’s ins and outs entertained and educated readers for years. The list of celebrities he was able to get to talk include Ringo Starr, Geddy Lee, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and Mick Jagger. Yarborough was also the city's most in-depth reporter of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. For 12 years, he was the editor of the Friday magazine and worked as the sports copy desk chief. He traveled to Iraq to report on the war for a six-week series that informed readers on the life and travails of U.S. troops in combat.