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MITCH ALBOM, 47, is a best-selling author, nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, nationally-syndicated radio host for ABC and flagship station WJR-AM in Detroit, and television commentator.
MITCH ALBOM is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", and the phenomenal bestseller "Tuesdays With Morrie,". Oprah Winfrey produced a major television movie for ABC based on "Tuesdays With Morrie" that aired in December 1999 and starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. A phenomenon in its own right, the movie was not only the most-watched on any network for that year, it also earned four Emmy Awards in 2000, including those for "Best Actor" (Lemmon) and "Best Supporting Actor" (Azaria). With more than five million copies now in print, "Tuesdays With Morrie" is also published in 34 countries, in 30 languages, and was a bestseller in Japan, Australia, Brazil, and England.
Albom's "Tuesdays With Morrie" story has been featured in many national publications, including People Magazine, Life Magazine, TV Guide, and Redbook. Albom has also been featured on several national television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC's Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Larry King Live, the Tom Snyder Show, and the Rosie O'Donnell Show.
Albom's other books include "Live Albom I" (1987), "Live Albom II" (1990), "Live Albom III" (1992), "Live Albom IV" (1995), "BO," the autobiography of Bo Schembechler (co-written with Schembechler and also a New York Times bestseller), and "Fab Five" the story of the University of Michigan's famed men's basketball recruits who all became starters as freshmen during the early 1990's.
For more than a decade, MITCH ALBOM has been named #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the sports editors of America (APSE), the highest honor in his field. He has also received seven first place APSE honors for feature writing. No other columnist has won the APSE award more than once.
During his storied career, Albom has received more than 100 writing awards from AP, UPI, Headliners Club, National Sportswriters and Broadcasters Associations, and others.
His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including Sports Illustrated, GQ, Sport, The New York Times, TV Guide, USA Today, and Germany's popular GEO Magazine as well as on the Internet with MSNBC.
MITCH ALBOM hosts two radio talk shows. His broadcasts originate from ABC-owned flagship station WJR-AM in Detroit, a 50,000-watt station that reaches 38 states and much of Canada, and include:
"The Mitch Albom Show" which airs 5-7 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday, is now in its ninth year.
"The Monday Sports Albom," a sports interview program, airs 7-8 p.m. Eastern time and is now in its nineteenth year. Past guests have included everyone from President Gerald Ford to Wayne Gretzky to Dennis Rodman.
MITCH ALBOM is a panelist on ESPN's "Sports Reporters," seen every Sunday by a nationwide audience, and he's also a regular contributing commentator to that network.
He has been profiled by ABC News, NBC's Today Show, the CBS Early Show, and ESPN's "Up Close." Albom has also twice served as a network Olympic commentator, first for ABC's Good Morning, America during the Atlanta Games and most recently for the CBS Early Show from the Games in Sydney, Australia.
An accomplished songwriter and lyricist, MITCH ALBOM wrote the song "Cookin' For Two" for a television movie directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger that aired in the mid-1990's. Most recently, he wrote the lyrics for a song that has just been recorded by singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, with David Crosby on backup vocals and comedian David Letterman contributing some surprise vocals as well.
A Philadelphia native, MITCH ALBOM graduated from Brandeis University with a sociology major and earned Master's Degrees in journalism and business administration from Columbia University in New York City.
His background includes stints as an amateur boxer and nightclub singer and pianist. He once played as a warm-up act for comedian Gabe Kaplan.
He has done hundreds of speaking engagements for numerous corporate, professional, and charitable organizations.
MITCH ALBOM has founded two charities in the metropolitan Detroit area. "The Dream Fund," which Albom founded in 1989, allows disadvantaged children to become involved with the arts. "A Time To Help," founded in 1998, brings volunteers together once a month to tackle various projects in Detroit, including staffing shelters, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and operating meals on wheels programs for the elderly. Albom serves on the boards of various charities, including CATCH (Caring Athletes Team for Children's and Henry Ford Hospitals), Forgotten Harvest, and Michigan Hospice Organization. In 1999 he was named National Hospice Organization's Man of the Year.
Says NBC's Bob Costas: "Mitch Albom writes with insight and compassion. He is one of America's best young sports columnists."
Says Joe Dumars, President of the Detroit Pistons: "Mitch Albom is the best writer I've ever met."
MITCH ALBOM is married and resides in Franklin, Michigan.
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