Mike Roberts

Speaking Fee: $200
Hometown: Orange, OH
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Michael D. Roberts got his start as a newspaper reporter in 1962 and joined the Plain Dealer in 1963. He received the Ohio Associated Press Award in 1966 for exposing a forged Rembrandt painting. He reported on assignment from Vietnam, the Middle East, and the newspaper’s Washington Bureau. He joined Cleveland Magazine in 1972 and served as editor for 17 years. He works in public relations and regularly writes for several publications. He is also the author of Thirteen Seconds: Confrontation at Kent State (with Joe Eszterhas).

Speaking Topics

Hot Type, Cold Beer and Bad News: Cleveland’s Most Turbulent Decade, the 1960s
The 1960s were the most turbulent era in Cleveland history—and an exciting time to be a newspaper reporter. In his memoir Hot Type, Cold Beer and Bad News, Mike Roberts offers an eyewitness account of that era. As an ambitious young reporter he covered the major events of the day: civil rights violence, corruption and crime, Vietnam, Kent State, and more. It was the last golden age of print newspapers.

Books by Mike Roberts