Blogs / Articles

  • Never Underestimate the Influence of Grandpa January 4, 2010 Mike remembers the blue-collar influence of his grandpa and tells how he did follow the blueprint of his grandpa’s life when it came to learning a trade – it was just a different kind of trade. ancestrymagazine.com by Janet Bernice Jeys January 4, 2010 It’s a safe bet that Mike Rowe’s résumé is longer than yours. As the host of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, Mike ... read more...
  • Fast Company’s 30 Second MBA ~ Class is in Session! December 21, 2009 Mike Rowe | Host of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, Founder of mikeroweWORKS Mike Rowe has had more jobs than you. In fact, Mike has had more jobs than anyone. As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated series DIRTY JOBS WITH MIKE ROWE, Mike has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on over 200 jobs that ... read more...
  • Safety… do I hear 1? 2? 3? November 24, 2009 11/23/09 Hi All – Tonight’s episode of Dirty Jobs is a repack called Safety Third. In it, I look back at some of the bumps and bruises we’ve accumulated in the process of putting this show together and offer a few observations about the role ofrisk in the workplace. The observations made are mine and no one else’s, except where attributed, and reflect nothing ... read more...
  • Mike Rowe: The Dirtiest, Busiest Guy In Television October 6, 2009 Comcast ~ Fancast Blog by Daniel Frankel Whether you’re a regular Discovery Channel watcher or not, you know the voice: Mike Rowe’s baritone has been heard on ads pitching everything from Tylenol to, more recently, Ford cars and trucks. And, of course, if you do watch Discovery, you recognize the 47-year-old San Francisco resident immediately as the voice of ‘Deadliest Catch,’ as well ... read more...
  • Bailouts, Ball-caps, Chit-Chat, and the Birth of a Commercial August 7, 2009 The Water Cooler  some interesting points about my appearance in some recent Ford ads. At issue, is the level of authenticity in past spots, as compared to the Mike you know from Dirty Jobs. I want to show you one of the most recent commercials I shot for Ford. It’s called “The Plan,” and I’m fairly certain that it will not ... read more...
  • Safety Third – Huh?? August 3, 2009 So, you are asking yourself, what is going on? The man that has graced the cover of Grainger’s safety catalog and has done public service announcements for the Army’s “Own the Edge” campaign, is now publicly taking the position that safety is not important? How dare he? What kind of role model is this for a man that frequently finds ... read more...
  • So… The New Site is Like the Old Site Only Newer and Dirtier July 27, 2009 July, 2009 Aloha, from somewhere over the Pacific. As I prepare to re-enter the contiguous 48 for the second time this  month, I can finally begin to see the light at the end of a particularly nasty tunnel of production – one that has succeeded in kicking my butt harder and more consistently than any of its predecessors. Not that I’m ... read more...
  • 25 Ways to Jump Start the Auto Industry – Mike’s Alt Version July 20, 2009 Mike often writes articles for magazines but because of issues like space constraints, his work is often edited down. We thought it might be interesting to post what Mike actually wrote for this one in particular a few years’ back for Fast Company. 25 Ways to Jump Start the Auto Industry (unabridged) Mike Rowe is the Executive Producer of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, and the ... read more...
  • How Will You Know If mikeroweWORKS Is A Success? July 7, 2009 I know that mikeroweWORKS is not even a year old, so this is probably going to be an impossible question to answer. What has to happen for you to consider this a success? Is merely getting the word out to the masses and those in power enough? Do programs have to be started/implemented? Does trade school enrollment have to bump ... read more...
  • U.S. News: Why Dirty Jobs are Green July 1, 2009 The Discovery Channel star explains the nitty-gritty of Dirty Jobs By Liz Wolgemuth Posted: July 1, 2009 Mike Rowe’s moment of illumination was properly cringe-inducing for a man whose television show is called Dirty Jobs. The articulate and intrepid Discovery Channel star was in the middle of a lamb castration, weighing the widely used method of wrapping bands above the animal’s testicles to ... read more...
  • United We Stand? Are Unions Still Relevant Today? June 30, 2009 What are your views on the effectiveness and usefulness of Union organizations and the decision to go on strike to achieve their goals and demands? The role of unions, and their relevance, has changed over the years. Personally, I’m of the mind that certain industries still justify their existence, while other do not. But one thing is certain – once a ... read more...
  • Father’s Day al Fresco Fiasco – by Mike Rowe June 19, 2009 When I was eight years old, my Father bought a picnic table at a yard sale for a dollar. A whole picnic table, complete with two separate benches. For one dollar. He brought the thing home in the back of the old station wagon – the one with fake wood paneling on the side – and summoned his wife and sons to ... read more...
  • Career Choice Priorities June 6, 2009 Letter to Mike and company I saw your talk on TED.tv..and wanted to tell you..  I have a 19 year old son who watches your program religiously. He’s a very bright kid; talked for a long time about going into law. A year or so ago..I stopped hearing so much about that. He graduates from highschool in a week or so. ... read more...
  • What Color Is Your Collar and Does It Limit or Matter When Looking For The “Good Life”? June 2, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler In reading some of your writings I wondered if you feel blue-collar workers are better, work harder or are happier than white-collar workers? Is wishing for a better life for our children limited to one or the other “collars” or is it just the universal hope for “the good life” for our families? — M The reason ... read more...
  • William of Occam, the American Economy and Jumping Off Buildings – huh? June 1, 2009 From the MRW Water Cooler: Q:  At the risk of sounding like an anarchist, or worse, “anti-American” (whatever the hell that means) can I postulate the obvious..Ocham’s Razor, as it were… Won’t most Consumers want to pay the best price for the best version of the commodity they wish to purchase, be it a car or a house or a Washing Machine? ... read more...