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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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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.

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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!”



Latest Column: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Opening Day about tradition, change for Tigers

The manager, Brad Ausmus, trotted out to the mound, and the Tigers' fans booed. It was Opening Day, and they were witnessing a pitching masterpiece by David Price. It was one out from completion, and the last thing they wanted was to see Price lifted — especially for a closer named Joe Nathan, who, last year, was as reliable as a teenager's phone. But Ausmus gave the sign, Price walked off, Nathan came in … and four pitches later, he had a strikeout, a save, the Tigers had a 4-0 victory, and everyone was happy.


Latest Column: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

No reason to brag about killing $50M film credits

This past week, Michigan's House of Representatives voted to kill the tax incentives for the film industry. Some lawmakers acted as if they'd just slain an evil dragon.

Not so fast, Gandalf.

I was in on the creation of these things. Back in 2008, at the request of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a group was formed to see whether Michigan could be competitive in attracting the movie, TV and digital gaming business. Other states were having success with their incentive programs, seeing new jobs and investment while building a young, creative class.

Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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