Michael "Mike" Gregory Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor and spokesman. He got his start in television in 1990 with the QVC Shopping Channel. After bouncing from job to job throughout the 1990s, Rowe made a proposal for a single, three-hour special to the Discovery Channel in 2003. His idea was approved, and viewers responded so well to the special that Discovery asked Rowe to do the show on a regular basis. It was called “Dirty Jobs.”
While Rowe is best known for his role as host of "Dirty Jobs," he has also hosted a number of other television shows and narrated several more. For instance, he hosted "After the Catch" from 2007 to 2012, "Bering Sea Gold" from 2013 to 2014, and "Somebody's Gotta Do It" from 2014 to 2016. Shows he has narrated include "Ghost Hunters," "Deadliest Catch," "American Hot Rod," and "The Ultimate Fighter."
More recently, Rowe has become a philanthropist. In 2008, he established mikeroweWORKS, a campaign to reinvigorate the skilled trades. He has also written extensively about the blue collar worker in the United States, the widening skills gap and the role of offshore manufacturing in that growing gap, and the decline of the nation's infrastructure. Moreover, he gave a TED Talk on the Changing Face of the Modern-Day Proletariat and testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee about the evolving perceptions and stereotypes regarding blue collar work.
In his personal life, Rowe is unmarried, as of 2016. He lives in San Francisco, California.