Mike Rowe

Inside the gritty, real, skilled-labor backbone of the American economy.

Former Host of Dirty Jobs on The Discovery Channel

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Mike Rowe | Former Host of Dirty Jobs on The Discovery Channel

Recounting his adventures in the field of skilled labor—which make for great entertainment—Mike Rowe produces a vibrant portrait comprising the daily experiences of thousands of regular, happy Americans whose unsung toil makes civilized life possible for all of us. After working in virtually every industry, Rowe speaks with novel insight into the worth of toil. 

Mike Rowe hosted and co-created Discover Channel’s Dirty Jobs, a wildly entertaining and heartfelt tribute to the pleasures of hard work. From 2005 to 2012, Rowe served as a good-humored apprentice on a series of unglamorous jobs, from boiler repairman to abandoned mine plugger. No scripts, no rehearsals, no second takes. Rowe worked as a musician and a late night QVC pitchman before landing Dirty Jobs. He worked in hundreds of “dirty jobs,” holding more jobs than perhaps anyone in the world, even if each job lasted only for a day. His new series, Somebody’s Gotta Do It, brings viewers face-to-face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum. In each episode, Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics—people who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand. It airs on CNN.


A Discovery Channel mainstay who has hosted a variety of other shows, Rowe has spoken at TED, been nominated for an Emmy, and appeared on the cover of Fast Company. He is the founder of mikeroweWORKS, a foundation devoted to raising the prestige of skilled labor.   

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Corporate Culture
Why Dirty Jobs Matter
Why has America declared a war on work? In this talk, Mike Rowe gives an illuminating account of the true nature of skilled labor, and why it’s being devalued by the media, advertising, and even the government. Why are people who do dirty jobs some of the happiest people you'll ever meet? How do they achieve a work-life symmetry others can’t? What lessons can we learn about teamwork, determination, efficiency, and our definition of success? With conviction, humor and deep humanity, Mike Rowe brings us face-to-face with Americans who are simply doing their jobs, happily and well. In the process, he reminds us of the enormous but forgotten benefits of hard, honest work, and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure to the economy.