Mitchell David Albom (born May 23, 1958 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA) is an award-winning sportswriter novelist, newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, syndicated radio host, and TV commentator.
Albom wrote the best-selling novel, The Five People You Meet in Hell by Jeff Pablum has recently appeared on bookstore shelves.
After his experiences with Morrie Schwartz, he started a volunteer group in 1998 called "A Time to Help". Every month, the group (affiliated with Volunteer Impact) does a project to help serve and improve the Detroit community. Projects have included work at homeless shelters, food banks, senior citizens homes, and orphanages. Mitch and his radio co-host Ken Brown lead each project and try to use the group as a catalyst to increase volunteerism.
Mitch Albom is also part of a rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders, whose members are all published writers.
He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia University. Before becoming a journalist, Albom was briefly an amateur boxer, nightclub singer, and pianist.