New York Times Times-bestselling author and former gossip columnist
New York Times best-selling author and former newspaper and magazine columnist Mitchell Fink brings to 1on1 Public Relations more than twenty five years of journalistic excellence, and with it the most extraordinary list of media, political, and government contacts in New York, Washington, Hollywood, and throughout the United States.
Whether he’s working the Today Show and Good Morning America or the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, People, Time, online targets of every kind, and the 24-hour-a-day newscasts up and down the TV dial, Mitchell Fink’s savvy throughout the media world has been an extraordinary benefit to 1on1 clients of every kind, including authors, actors, fashion manufacturers, restaurants, and such major non-profits as the Humane Society of the United States and Intersections International.
Mitchell’s career in journalism began a few decades ago when he was named editor of Record World magazine, a leading music industry trade publication.
He later joined the Los Angeles Herald Examiner as a music columnist and soon began covering all facets of entertainment, presidential politics, investigative reporting, sports and hard news. In early 1987, he took over the paper’s coveted Page 2 gossip column, and remained on that beat until the Herald Examiner closed down in late 1989. It was during his stint on Page 2 that then-Fox chairman Barry Diller gave Mitchell a second job reporting on celebrities five nights a week on KTTV’s Fox Entertainment News.
After the Herald Examiner folded, Mitchell joined People magazine where he launched the Insider column. Under his guidance, the column quickly became the magazine’s second most widely read feature next to the cover story. Mitchell wrote the column for the next eight-plus years, while still continuing his second career on television. Following his four years with KTTV in Los Angeles, Mitchell spent the next six years as a regular contributor on CNN’s Showbiz Today. He has also held similar on-air positions with Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, the CBS Morning News, and WCBS-TV in New York.
In 1998, Mitchell left People and joined the New York Daily News. The column he started in the Daily News ran six days a week until he left the paper in 2002.
Mitchell’s first project following his years at the Daily News was the book, Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001. Co-authored with his wife, Lois Mathias, the book went on to be a New York Times best-seller, and has since been published in paperback.
Mitchell’s next book, The Last Days of Dead Celebrities, was published in 2006, and it too later came out in paperback. His next book, Change of Heart, a true story about a black man who was transplanted with the heart of a white woman, was published in 2011 in paperback, and as an eBook.
Last December, Mitchell published a very personal eBook about Frank Sinatra, titled “Frank Sinatra, Miriam and Me.” Embedded in the eBook is a taped recording of the last interview the famed singer ever gave to a print journalist.
Mitchell just completed his next book, “Second Chances,” a penetrating oral history of Steve Madden, the world’s most popular shoe designer. A Madden documentary, “Madd Man,” directed by Ben Patterson and produced by Mitchell, is nearing completion. 1on1 Public Relations also oversees all public relations and publicity for Steve Madden Ltd., a public corporation presently valued at $2.7 billion.
Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts and a degree in Journalism from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and today as CEO of 1on1 Public Relations, he along with 1on1 president Larry Fink, are using their keen understanding of all media platforms, along with what they used to call a “golden Rolodex,” to assure that 1on1’s clients receive the kind of positive coverage and instant access needed to stand out in today’s cluttered media landscape.