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Mitch Albom        

Author of "Tuesdays With Morrie"; Philanthropist, Columnist, and Sports Reporter

Author of Tuesdays With Morrie, philanthropist, columnist, and sports reporter Mitch Albom is an inspiration around the world. His books have sold over 35 million copies and have been translated into over 40 languages. His breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, became an international phenomenon with over 14 million copies sold. It remains one of the top selling memoirs of all time. The book was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning TV movie produced by Oprah Winfrey, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.

Albom has founded seven charities, all are located in the Detroit area, including: S.A.Y. Detroit, which operates a family health clinic; A Time to Help, a volunteer organization; and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which repairs faith-based homeless shelters. He also directs the Have Faith Haiti Mission in Port Au Prince, which helps impoverished children and orphans.

A columnist for The Detroit Free Press since 1985 and a panelist on ESPN's The Sports Reporters, Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times. In June 2010 he received the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, the biggest prize in sports journalism, and in June 2013, he was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Albom's 2014 book, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. In its starred review, Publisher's Weekly called the book "a brisk, page-turner of a story...another winner from Albom.”

His #1 New York Times bestseller, Have A Little Faith, begins with an unusual request when his rabbi asks him to deliver his eulogy. An 8-year journey, Albom's story is about how community and faith pull people together and the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly five million copies in its first year. He wrote the screenplay for the ABC TV movie starring Jon Voight and Ellen Burstyn.

Mitch Albom hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM. He has appeared on The Today Show and Charlie Rose, and his articles have been featured in The New York Times, GQ and Sports Illustrated. Currently, he is developing an hour-long TV show for TNT. His latest book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, debuted at #4 on The New York Times best sellers list.

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