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Introducing the next Journalism Idol... Mitch Albom!

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Mitch Albom Mitch Albom is mostly known as a bestselling author and journalist. He is also appreciated as a musician, dramatist, screenwriter, and radio/TV broadcaster.
Print:
- Albom has written a column for the Detroit Free Press for the last 25 years
- Periodically writes for national magazines
- Regular on ESPN's Sports Reporters, where he provides his "parting shot" commentaries.
Albom’s published books include:
- Breakthrough book, Tuesday’s with Morrie
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven
- For One More Day
- Have a Little Faith
Radio:
- Sports commentator during the station's morning program in 1987 on WLLZ-Detroit, now an Active Rock radio station
Television:
- Appears regularly on ESPN's The Sports Reporters and SportsCenter. Memorable appearances would include Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The Today Show, and a guest voice in the Simpsons What he is Known For? "...we, in the print world, are not what we used to be. We are not the primary source of information for people any more. (...) What this has engendered in the newspaper world is a need to approach writing and our journalism from a different point of view; we have to arrest the readers' attention. We are not just the paper of record anymore. (...) The only thing that we have to offer is our ability to write." - Mitch Albom Writing "He writes sports, does radio and TV, dabbles in music, and, barely past puberty, has written seven books. Many think there are seven of him. Pick up a paper, turn on a TV, spin your radio dial--Albom will be there."
- Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times
"Plaschke, who has been at The Times since 1987 and started writing a column in 1996, won in a category long dominated by Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press."
- Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times
"One of Mitch’s strongest qualities in this book and Tuesdays with Morrie is his humility. He’s not afraid to tell you that he is afraid of something, or embarrassed, or not sure how to react to something, maybe even being downright uncomfortable. But in these situations, he takes the opportunity to let things play out, to learn from those around."
- Blogger Scott Fabirkiewicz (scooter chronicles)
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
- Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie "Wow Mitch You're an Idol!" Overall, Albom was inspired to make change. Through his time with Morrie Schwartz, he learned that there are more important things in life than the success of one's career. Many journalists aspire to create change right from the beginning; Albom is unique in that he made this discovery several years after his career had started off strong. Journalistic Mission Welcome to... Journalism Idol! Biography Born May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey
Originally dabbled in music
Initially went to school for sociology
In his early 20's, volunteered at the "Queens Tribune"; a local weekly newspaper
Returned to grad school, earning an MBA at Colombia University's Graduate School of Journalism
Eventually turned to full-time writing as a sports journalist
Married his wife in 1995; the same year he re-encountered Morrie Shwartz, his former college professor who was dying from ALS disease
His visits with Shwartz led Albom away from his fast-paced career in sports journalism and inspired him to become a novelist
Still works in a variety of fields of journalism, including print and radio
Albom has founded many charities, specifically in the Detroit area
In 2010, Albom was named the recipient of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement by the Associated Press Sports Editors Your hosts: Carol Boeira and Chelsea Nash Candidate # 1: Charities and Foundations: The Dream Fund
A Time to Help
S.A.Y. Detroit
A Hole in the Roof Foundation To vote for Mitch Albom,
Call 1-800-GOALBOM
And write 10 on your sheet! "... his deep thinking and ability to describe the feelings in a few words distinguishes him from many writers. Surely, it is his creative ability, the most significant writing style aspect of Albom that enables him to write his books so well." - Source Unknown
Albom considers himself to be a "jig-saw" writer
Overall, Albom exudes the quality of human interest
His writing covers a wide variety of subjects, and he is a very malleable journalist
His sports articles are informative, and yet also unique, in that he does not simply cover sports, but the politics and the alternative implications of decisions made in the sports world
Holds true to his own statement; his articles do not cover the "who, what, when, where, why" that journalism is traditionally inclined to do
Covers topics in a very thorough manner; usually includes the emotional implications of any event http://mitchalbom.com/d/journalism/7800/its-not-just-guns-its-person
http://mitchalbom.com/d/journalism/7803/penn-state-scandal-ncaa-lowers-hammer-raises-other-concerns Where it all started: The inspiration for "Tuesdays with Morrie" Parting Shot: Ron Artest to Metta World Peace Theater and Music
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