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When Huell Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1981 from his home state of Tennessee to become a reporter for KCBS–TV in Los Angeles, he had no idea he’d fall in love...with California. His enthusiasm for his new home inspired the idea for the television series that started it all, California’s Gold. Huell had a simple idea: if he traveled the state with an open heart and an open mind, a microphone and a camera, he would uncover a treasure of California stories.

“We operate on the premise that TV isn’t brain surgery. People’s stories are what it’s all about,” says Howser. “If you have a good story, it doesn’t have to be overproduced. I want our stories to reveal the wonders of the human spirit and the richness of life in California, including its history, people, culture and natural wonders.”

A native of Tennessee, Huell began his television career at WSM–TV in Nashville after receiving his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, serving on the staff of a United States Senator and a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Howser later joined WCBS–TV in New York City as host of a magazine–style series. He then came to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS–TV. Huell joined public television station KCET/Los Angeles in 1987 to produce “Videolog,” a series of short programs featuring the stories of people from all walks of life. This series captured the imagination of viewers and led directly to an expanded format which covered people and places throughout the state.

And now after over 19 years in production, California’s Gold is one of the longest running and most beloved series about California ever produced. The success and popularity of the show helped to launch six additional series about life in California, Visiting with Huell Howser, Road Trip with Huell Howser, California’s Golden Parks, California’s Green, California’s Water and the newest series, Downtown. Huell Howser’s shows can be viewed six nights a week on KCET, and at various times on California PBS stations statewide and in Oregon, Nevada and Tennessee. Huell’s work in television has also taken him on travels worldwide, including Egypt, Israel, Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, Australia, Europe, and twice to the former Soviet Union.

“Intimate, magnificently unslick, utterly charming, absolutely irresistible...” says “Los Angeles Times” columnist Howard Rosenberg of Howser’s style.

Walter Goodman of “The New York Times” praises, “Howser’s infectious upbeat spirit...”

“Daily Variety” says Howser has “a gift for probing the emotional truths of people’s lives and gently coaxing them into the television screen.”

The “L.A. Weekly” recognized Howser as the “Best Good–News TV Newsperson” in Los Angeles.

Huell Howser is also a frequent speaker to civic and student groups and is active in numerous charitable, civic and social groups throughout the state. He lives in Los Angeles and Twenty–Nine Palms.

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Press release provided by Chapman University on Oct 3, 2011


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