While working in music industry in New York, Albom developed interest in Journalism. To chase this new interest and to build his portfolio he started writing for Queens Tribune, a weekly newspaper. This experience helped him earn admission in Columbia University to earn masters degree in journalism which was soon followed by an MBA. In order to help pay his tuition fee, Albom worked with a sports magazine as a part timer in addition to night time piano playing. His work with sports magazine kindled his interest in sports writing which he carried on after graduation by freelancing for sports publications. Albom won Associated Press Sports Editor award in 1985, based on this achievement he was taken on board Detroit Free Press as lead sports columnist.
The Five People you meet in Heaven was written by Mitch Albom. It was published in 2003.