Mike Rowe has been called “the dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned while hosting the hit TV series, “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe” which became a tribute to the many hard working men and women who make civilized life possible for the rest of us. For over ten years, Rowe has been highlighting workers in all industries. On “Dirty Jobs,” he worked as a good-humored apprentice on a series of unglamorous jobs from boiler repairman to abandoned mine plugger. He traveled to all 50 U.S. states and worked more than 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads and coal mines. Mike’s new show, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” premiered last year on CNN and is now in its second season.
Before creating “Dirty Jobs”, Rowe was a chronic freelancer, holding more jobs than anyone around. His performing career began as an opera singer turned late night QVC pitchman. Today he spends most of his time talking about hundreds of thousands of great and available jobs that no one seems to want or is qualified to do and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path to take. Aside from his wildly entertaining television series, Rowe is also well known for his work narrating numerous documentaries and television shows about everything from lions in the Serengeti to fisherman in the Aleutian Islands.
In 2008, Mike launched mikeroweWORKS, a website and a “PR Campaign for Hard Work” designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. He has since written and spoken extensively about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, the widening skills gap, offshore manufacturing, infrastructure decline and related topics. In fact, Mike’s last speaking engagement was testifying before the House Committee on Natural Resources. He is the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which awards scholarships to students who have an interest in and aptitude for mastering a specific trade. The Foundation has created more than $3M in education “work ethic” scholarships for schools around the country. The Foundation will soon announce the 2015 “mikeroweWORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship Program” to help those few who successfully make a case for themselves and deserve financial aid to help them become educated for a job that actually exists in the trades. More information can be found on his website, mikeroweWORKS.com.