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Mitch Albom

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Mitchell David Albom (born May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey) is a novelist, newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, syndicated radio host, and TV commentator.

Albom wrote the best-selling novel, Tuesdays With Morrie (1997). After being featured prominently in Oprah Winfrey's Oprah's Book Club, the novel sold exceptionally well, and Oprah Winfrey produced a television movie adaptation for ABC starring Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon. The television movie adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie was the most watched television movie of 1999 and won four Emmy Awards. His most recent novel is the New York Times best-seller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003). It has sold very well, although critics have not had kind words for its sentimentalism. That book was turned into a television movie for ABC starring Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Imperioli and Jeff Daniels.

Mitch Albom appears regularly on ESPN's Sports Reporters and SportsCenter.

Mitch Albom is also part of the rock & roll band, The Rock Bottom Remainders whose members include Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, James McBride, Stephen King, Roy Blount Jr., Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, and Greg Iles.

He is a graduate of Brandeis University.

On April 23, 2005 the Detroit Free Press management completed its internal review and announced disciplinary actions for an April 3 Mitch Albom column that contained fabricated information by describing an event that had not yet occurred. Some outside critics have called for Albom's removal at the paper. Albom had fabricated a column that appeared in the Detroit Free Press. He wrote that two former Spartan players would attend a Final Four game before the game even took place. However, the two professional basketball players failed to appear. The column was printed in a section prior to the game.


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