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About Mitch Albom

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By Mary Faddoul and Ben Strack

New Jersey native Mitch Albom lives by the idea that one does not need to find a solitary craft he or she excels in and stick with it. Rather, he encourages an “exploratory life,” which he epitomizes.

Albom began his professional life as a musician traveling throughout Europe, went on to get master’s degrees in both journalism and business in hopes of a career that would allow him “to, you know, save the world” and moved around before arriving at his current position at the Detroit Free Press as a sports columnist.

In 2010, the Associated Press Sports Editors named Albom the recipient of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement.

Throughout his career, Albom has also made his mark as a screenwriter, playwright and renowned author, selling more than 35 million copies in 45 languages worldwide.

Albom began his career as an author with sports-oriented works, such as Bo — an autobiography of college football coach Bo Schembechler— as well as Fab Five, about the University of Michigan basketball team’s 1991 freshman class that reached consecutive Final Fours.

Later in 1997, he gained inspiration to writeTuesdays with Morrie — his most famous book — upon a life-changing reunion with his dying college professor. The novel chronicles Albom’s time with Morrie during the last months of his life.

He followed this venture with best-selling works of fiction, including The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day, both influenced by loved ones. His most recent novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven, along with his weekly sports columns, demonstrate Albom’s repeated versatility across different forms of writing, for which he is distinguished and will be for years to come.

In April of 2006, Albom and four editors at the Detroit Free Press were briefly suspended by the newspaper for reporting that two former players from the Michigan State basketball team playing in the NBA were in attendance for a Saturday Final Four game involving the Spartans when they were not. They players previously told Albom, who was writing on a Friday deadline for his Sunday newspaper, they would be at the game but were not in attendance.

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