Blogs / Articles

  • Hey Mike: I’m flying on a Jet Plane answering your Questions May 2, 2014 Hey-Mike1-300x224Flying back from Boston. My seat-mate thinks I’m the guy from the Maytag commercials, and I’ve been acting the part. I can only hope the new Maytag Guy is returning the favor on some other flight. Anyway, it seems an ideal time to answer some questions from The Wall in a fit of viewer engagement I like to call, “Hey ... read more...
  • Testifying before Congress Prep April 27, 2014 Mike-Rowe-prepping-to-testify-before-congressIt’s late. I’m testifying before Congress tomorrow morning. In the spirit of responsible preparation, I’ve located a quiet corner in a Georgetown bar, liberated a bottle of grapes, and jotted down a few thoughts. I’ve just finished the first and last draft, and given myself two thumbs up. Tomorrow, I’ll lose the hat, don a tasteful blazer, and read my ... read more...
  • Busy Days in D.C. ~ From the Department of Defense to the Secretary of the Navy April 26, 2014 Mike-Rowe-Congress-Flags-300x207  Friends – Busy days here in DC. Met some very important bureaucrats at The Department of Defense. Great guys actually, looking for a way to transition more soldiers into skilled occupations. I hope to help. Got a fantastic tour of the Pentagon. Saw the 9/11 Memorial. Stood at the point of impact. Dined in The Secretary of the Navy’s Executive Dining ... read more...
  • OFF THE WALL – Fan Mail Mixup April 24, 2014 Mike-Rowe-Signed-Photo-300x225Sadly, today’s letter comes from a former fan. “I called Mikes company to request an autograph for my son and the secretary (male) said, “Even if I knew his representative, I wouldn’t give you any information. * hangs up* MIKE, you just lost a family of fans. Next time, choose a better company. Katie Bremer Chen” Hi Katie This is indeed, troubling. Like you, I’ve ... read more...
  • War on Hard Work Continues April 22, 2014 Save-the-Planet-Work-Less-300x225It now appears we have a new culprit that explains the cause of global warming – hard work. Early this morning, one of San Francisco’s free newspapers found it’s way to the sidewalk in front of my apartment, proving yet again that you don’t always get what you pay for. Because I abhor litter, I picked it up for deposit it ... read more...
  • Mike Gives Dear Abby Advice to a Fan April 22, 2014 HeyMikeDearAbby-225x300Saturday Mail Call Hey Mike! I’ve spent this last year trying to figure out the right career for myself and I still can’t figure out what to do. I have always been a hands on kind of guy and a go-getter. I could never be an office worker. I need change, excitement, and adventure in my life, but where the pay is ... read more...
  • Guess What? It’s National Lineman Appreciation Day April 18, 2014 Mike-Rowe-Dirty-Jobs-LinemanSwear to God. Last year, the Senate passed Resolution 95, which officially designates April 18th as the day in which all sane and thoughtful Americans should pause to recognize both the profession and the individual contributions of linemen. Of course, the absurd thing about this Resolution, is that it only sets aside one day for said recognition. One day? Seriously? What are ... read more...
  • Navy SEALS Bearing Gifts! April 14, 2014 SEALS-GIFTS-300x139On any given day, you never know who is going to walk into mikeroweWORKS World Headquarters, or what they’re going to be holding. Here for instance, is Captain Duncan Smith of The Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate. Captain Smith is a Navy SEAL. He stopped by the other day to present me with an official Navy Seal Flipper. It’s a very ... read more...
  • Mike in This Months “At Home in Berks” Magazine April 14, 2014 Mike wrote an article for the Home Builder Association of Berks magazine “At Home in Berks” about the worst advice he ever received. He explains why “Work Smart Not Hard” is such a dangerous concept, and why he believes “Work Smart AND Hard” is just the message our country needs to hear. Read an  online version of the article here. Support the ... read more...
  • Bookworm April 12, 2014 I hate to brag about my performance in the bedroom but I must say last night I was extraordinaryI hate to brag, especially about my performance in the bedroom. read more...
  • Mike Rowe has Breaking News April 9, 2014 Mike-Rowe-new-showThis Just In… So I’m here in New York City, making some new friends at a Network Upfront. Upfronts are annual events hosted by broadcasters. read more...
  • People Magazine and the Passing of Mrs. P. April 9, 2014 1240609_755442144465931_1695288151_nMike ponders his vigilant, red pen toting journalism teacher who shared her angst over alliteration and the time People magazine came calling wanting him to get naked. read more...
  • We Need More Dam Workers April 8, 2014 1964773_764234043586741_1587444_n-300x225One of the fun but annoying things about being me is the inability to read a simple headline without becoming immediately transported to a specific moment on Dirty Jobs. Here for instance, is an article about the men who maintain the Hoover Dam – one of the greatest engineering and architectural wonders of the modern era. Apparently, a big chunk ... read more...
  • Want to Know what Led to Dirty Jobs & the Destruction of my Prior Career? March 24, 2014 Mike-Rowe-Reading-Profoundly-DisconnectedDirty Jobs has been out of production for two years now, but not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me, “How did such a disgusting show ever get on the air?” Until now, that’s a question I’ve traditionally deflected. Partly because the answer involves a sewer, a rat, countless condoms, several million roaches, many hundreds of tampons, vomit, urine, ... read more...
  • OFF THE WALL: Regarding For Profit Technical Schools March 21, 2014 CapGownWheelbarrowToday’s comment off the wall comes from David Brugh. “Mike – what’s your take on the Feds calling technical schools “for-profit” and claiming these schools are predatory? I think – and my teenagers, for whom your mikeroweworks campaign has really resonated – think this is bullcrap.” Hi David – I think your kids have summed it up nicely! Many technical schools are ... read more...