Chuck Heaton earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He is one of a select group of writers to receive the prestigious Dick McCann Memorial Award, awarded to one journalist each year for a lifetime of excellence in football reporting. He received the award in 1980 while still actively reporting on the Cleveland Browns for the Plain Dealer. Heaton began writing as a city reporter for the Plain Dealer in 1942, earning $50 a week, and stayed with the paper for 51 years. In 1946 he eagerly accepted a job writing in the sports department, where he covered the Cleveland Indians for several years, including a World Series. In 1954 he began covering the Browns as a football writer, a position he filled until 1993. Heaton was one of the first electors to the Hall of Fame in 1963 and served in that role for thirty years. In 1990 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He was elected to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992. He retired from the Plain Dealer on October 1, 1993. He was chosen by Leroy Kelly to be his presenter when Kelly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. Heaton's lifelong emphasis on faith and family, and a love of reading, writing and the arts, are reflected in the lives of his five adult children.
Books by Chuck Heaton
A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter
by Chuck Heaton
Hall of fame football writer Chuck Heaton looks back at his 47 years covering the Cleveland Browns.
Heaton spent an incredible five decades covering the Browns— the “ old Browns” teams that fans still miss. He reported on the Browns for the Plain Deale . . . [Read More]