Mike Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor and spokesman, widely known for his Discovery Channel show, “Dirty Jobs,” and his CNN hit, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Known as “the dirtiest man on TV,” Mike has traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, oil derricks, crab boats, hillbillies, and lumberjack camps.
He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, war, serial killers, hurricanes, dinosaurs and how stuff works, and recently launched a new podcast, “The Way I Heard It,” which consists of inspirational short stories of celebrated heroes and public figures. As a public speaker, Mike is routinely hired by the Fortune 500 to frighten employees with stories of maggot farmers and sheep castrators. And when Madison Avenue came calling, Mike said sure. He has forged dozens of partnerships with many iconic brands, and filmed approximately 1 million Ford commercials.
Eventually, Mike was overcome with a strange desire to give something back. On Labor Day 2008, he launched mikeroweWORKS, a PR campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. He’s since written extensively about the country’s relationship with work, the widening skills gap, offshore manufacturing, infrastructure decline, currency devaluation and several other topics for which he has no actual credentials. In late 2013, Mike and Caterpillar worked together to launch PROFOUNDLY DISCONNECTED, a new initiative focused on technical recruitment.
Mike lives in San Francisco, where he sometimes spends up to five days a month. In his spare time he likes to read pulp fiction and write about himself in the third person. He is still considered by many to be a nice guy.