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2017 Work Ethic Scholarship Announcement

For the last several weeks, The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has been evaluating a towering pile of applications for this year’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program. I’m happy to say the selection process is finally complete. I’m even happier to announce that we’ll be able to assist more individuals this year than ever before. Thanks to the incredible…


Casual Conversation with Charles Koch

Causual Conversation with Charles Koch

Last week, I addressed a number of former fans who expressed their disappointment over my association with The Charles Koch Foundation. The reaction was enlightening, instructive, and relatively speaking – downright civilized. In that post, I also mentioned a very casual interview with Charles Koch, and several of you have asked me if that footage…


Hot Under The Blue Collar, Episode #7

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As you might imagine, given the recent activity on my humble page, there’s been lots of chatter about opportunities for women in skilled labor. Most people realize that women have been historically discouraged and unfairly excluded from many of these careers, but I’m hopeful that people will start to see just how dramatically that’s been…


Prager U: Don’t Follow Your Passion

Prager U Mike Rowe

I’ve always liked Dennis Prager. Back in LA, driving from audition to audition, his was the only voice of reason I could find on the AM dial. So I was flattered when he invited me to give this years commencement address for Prager University. It’s a five minute speech around the dangers of following your…


Parade Magazine: Guest Post “Skilled Help Wanted and Needed”

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Guest post by Mike Rowe, host of TV’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It and the founder of mikeroweWORKS, a campaign designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades.  The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is astonishing. Currently, 5.6 million jobs are vacant. At a time when millions of capable people are unemployed, millions of good jobs…


Lamar Advertising’s Unsolicited Generosity

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Couple years ago, I spent a week one day putting up a billboard in Tyler Texas. Those of you who saw the episode might recall a truly likable lunatic named Gene, who showed me the finer points of completing a giant erection in the midst of a thunder storm. (There’s a sentence I never thought…