ADWEEK: My First Big Break

How Mike Went From the Opera to Somebody’s Gotta Do It. The CNN host never wanted a 9 to 5 gig By Chris Ariens Mike Rowe got his first big break in TV because of a bar bet and a pencil. Rowe, the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, who now presides over CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do it, told Adweek the key to landing the job of your dreams isn’t by doing something you love, but by doing something you’re good at. “Learn to love it later,” he says.

CNN: The art of lucha libre

Ryan Bergeron, CNN Clothes may make the man, but a mask transforms him into something more. “With just this mask, the life is changed,” Manuel Quiroz says. “Because when you put the mask on, you feel bigger.” Quiroz has become the go-to mask and costume maker for a new generation of fighters in the world of Mexican freestyle wrestling, known as lucha libre. The work is a labor of love for Quiroz, who spends 15 hours a day sewing the detailed masks and gear from his home in South-Central Los Angeles. When CNN’s Mike Rowe wanted a taste of the Read More

Entrepreneur: Facebook Obsession, Working Hard & Singing Opera

Mike Rowe has a lot of love for entrepreneurs. Best known as host of Dirty Jobs, Rowe works hard and advocates for others who have the courage to blaze their own path. In this short video, Rowe answers our rapid-fire questions. He talks about what inspires him (hard work, duh), honesty and about sometimes having to “eat the shit sandwich” at work. We also got him to talk about his obsession with Facebook. “I try to post something every day,” Rowe explains. “Now there are almost 2-1/2 million people who are sitting there, waiting for me to say something, which Read More


SGDI is Up by Triple-Digits vs. Prior Four Thursdays and is the Only Cable News Program to Grow vs. Last Year at 9pm According to Nielsen Fast National Data, CNN Original Series Mike Rowe’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It season 2 premiere had a strong ratings performance last night at 9pm, delivering 316k among adult 25-54 viewers.  CNN nearly tied Fox news for the top spot in the demo 25-54 rating, registering only 1k behind (316k vs. 317k).  MSNBC trailed CNN by 93% with 164k. Compared to the prior four Thursdays, CNN was up the most across cable news, increasing by triple Read More

Variety: ‘Bloody Do-Gooders’ and Searching For Oddball Stories

Mike Rowe knows how to play dirty — as host of the Discovery Channel series “Dirty Jobs,” he did it professionally for eight seasons. Now Rowe, a one-man variety show who’s worked as a narrator, actor, host and opera singer, has cleaned up his act in his current series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” which opens its second season on CNN tonight. The show follows a similar format as “Dirty Jobs” but with a broader lens. The show, along with Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” has been a big part of CNN’s push to add more unscripted series to its news and Read More

The Daily Caller: Fans Are Begging Mike Rowe to Run in 2016

By Heather Smith CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” host Mike Rowe joined a Washington, D.C. afternoon-drive radio program to discuss the return for his show’s second season on Thursday, April 9 and revealed that his fans have been asking him to make a run for the White House. When WMAL radio host Larry O’Connor asked Rowe about his thoughts on people who are not “career politicians” running for president, he said what people are really hungry for in America is “authenticity.” “What is most for sale right now is authenticity. People always talk about it. It doesn’t matter what business Read More

The Blaze: The Math is Scary

Mike’s Unsettling Prediction on What Will Happen If Work Remains the ‘Enemy’ What will happen when all of the baby boomers in the U.S. retire at age 65 and the “remarkable” advances in medicine keep many of them alive into their 90s or even into triple digits? It’s a recipe for disaster and the “math is scary,” says Mike Rowe, the star of the CNN original series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” “They are going to be retired for 40 years? There’s just no universe possible where you have enough money to live on if you’re an average Joe, 40 years Read More

CNN: Job Advice from the Guy who has tried them All

CNN)Mike Rowe is taking the bull by the horns (or, at the very least, trying not to get gored) in the season premiere of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” where he tries out niche jobs anywhere from bullfighting to water ballet. Each week, Rowe will answer your questions about his latest escapades and career advice. To submit a question for the gutsy host in future weeks, tweet at @CNNOrigSeries with the hashtag #GottaDoIt. The questions have been edited for brevity and clarity: Laurie Blair: As a high school counselor, what can I do to make career and technical education pathways more Read More

Visit Baltimore

Mike loves Baltimore and has joined other notable Baltimoreans to show support and promote their hometown. Check out Mike’s featured places, learn about Mike’s and Baltimore’s history and plan your own trip to Visit Baltimore! Baltimore makes history. Literally. That’s what I love about this town. Everyone knows we have Poe’s grave and Fort McHenry, home of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But we also have the first African-American-owned shipyard. And Baltimore’s railroads helped win the Civil War. If you’re a history buff, you come to Baltimore for the behind-the-scenes tour of America. Plus the crab cakes are unbeatable, the music scene Read More