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A National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Famer, Mitch Albom has written a syndicated column for the Detroit Free Press for the last 25 years archived here exclusively, free of charge. He also periodically writes for national magazines. And he’s a regular on ESPN’s the Sports Reporters, from which his “parting shot” commentaries are collected here.


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PARADE MAGAZINE Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, August 7, 2011


The Joys of Summer

Go ahead, kids. Lie in the grass. Study the clouds. Daydream. Be lazy. You have our permission. 



I feel sorry for today’s kids. Summer comes, they’re finally free from school—and bang!Band camp. Science seminars. Internships. 

Instead of downtime, it’s get-up-and-go time. Chorus travel, archaeological digs, dance tours. My nephew from Michigan flew to Georgetown University for a summer medical program, replete with cadavers. He was 16.


Sports Illustrated

Latest Column: Monday, January 12, 2009


The Courage of Detroit

This was Christmas night. In the basement of a church off an icy street in downtown Detroit, four dozen homeless men and women sat at tables. The smell of cooked ham wafted from the kitchen. The pastor, Henry Covington, a man the size of two middle linebackers, exhorted the people with a familiar chant.

“I am somebody,” he yelled.

“I am somebody!” they repeated.

“Because God loves me!”

 


FEATURED SPORTS COLUMN Newspaper

Latest Column: Friday, December 19, 2014


Dr. Football, on Cutler, Harbaugh, more

Dashing through the snow, laughing all the way. The office is open. Dr. Football at your service. Doc! Did you hear the news? Jay Cutler is sitting! BULL! Oh. Wait. I thought you said "smiling." Sitting! He's benched for the Detroit game this Sunday! Why are the Bears being so nice to him? Jimmy Clausen is starting. Why are they being so nice to us? Honestly, Doc. Did you know Jimmy Clausen was still in the NFL? I didn't know he was still in the country.

SUNDAY COMMENT Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, December 21, 2014


Sick, weary, Diane Bailey endures to help others

Chemotherapy can burn, but right now Diane Bailey is cold. With gloved hands, she holds a warming pack to her mouth and tightens a scarf around her neck. The dripping chemicals slide down a tube and enter her bloodstream through a port in her chest.

When she turns, she can see the wintry Detroit afternoon through a single hospital window and the skyscraper Fisher Building a few blocks away. She works there, for a janitorial company, and she will go back to work after this treatment, once she wakes up from "sleeping all day."


Mitch, the Players, the Job



Mitch, the Players, the Job


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