Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, host of two popular radio shows and a television commentator who regularly appears on ESPN’s Sports Reporters and ABC. His ten books include Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day. His latest book, The Time Keeper, was published in the fall of 2012.
Tuesdays with Morrie is now the bestselling memoir of all time, with over 11 million copies sold worldwide. Oprah Winfrey produced a major television movie for ABC based on Tuesdays with Morrie starring 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). Albom, along with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, adapted the book into a hit play, which opened off-Broadway late 2002. The play is currently being performed in regional theaters throughout North America.
Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie story has been featured in many national publications, including People magazine, Redbook, Life magazine, and TV Guide. 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, Charlie Rose, Nightline and Good Morning America.
Albom’s first novel, the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, released in September 2003, has sold over 6.5 million copies in hardcover, marking it as the bestselling first novel in hardcover ever. A touching story about the meaning and interconnectedness of our lives, the novel received outstanding reviews across the country. TIME magazine called it “a sad, sweet first novel “ and “a powerful book” in a full page article on Albom in the October 13, 2003 issue. Publishers Weekly called it “sentimental and profoundly true...a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership.” With a screenplay by Albom, the novel has been adapted into an ABC movie starring Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn and Jeff Daniels.
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 best seller), 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.
His novel, For One More Day (September 2006), centers on the relationship between mothers and sons and the stresses divorce places on family ties. It entered The New York Times bestsellers list at #1, was selected as the first title to be carried in Starbucks’ stores, and went on to be the bestselling adult hardcover fiction release of 2006. In 2007 For One More Day was adapted as a made for television movie for ABC starring award-winning actors Michael Imperioli and Ellen Burstyn, once again with the backing of Oprah Winfrey’s production company, Harpo Films. His latest book, Have a Little Faith, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In December 2011, Have A Little Faith will air as a made-for-television movie.
In 2004, Mitch Albom made his debut as a solo playwright with Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, a tender comedy about a tabloid journalist from NYC on a search for Alabama swamp poachers who believe they shot a celestial being. His next play, And the Winner Is, was released in 2005. Ernie, his play about Ernie Harwell, the legendary sports broadcaster, recently premiered in Detroit. He is also currently developing an hourlong TV show for cable network TNT.
A 2013 inductee of the Sportswriters Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom has been named #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the sports editors of America (APSE) — the highest honor in his field — 13 times in the last 15 years. He has also finished first in the APSE feature writing category seven times in the last nine years. 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.
Albom also is a panelist on ESPN's The Sports Reporters, (seen every Sunday by a nationwide audience,) and a weekly contributing commentator for ESPN radio. He also hosts two radio talk shows on WJR-AM. 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 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. Recently, he wrote the lyrics for a song 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.
Albom has founded seventh charities, all in the metropolitan Detroit area, including: S.A.Y. Detroit, which operates a family health clinic; A Time to Help, volunteer organization; and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which repairs faith-based homeless shelters. He also runs the Have Faith Haiti Mission in Port Au Prince, which helps impoverished children and orphans.
Mitch Albom is married and resides in Franklin, Michigan.