When Huell Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1981 from his home state of Tennessee to become a reporter for KCBSTV in Los Angeles, he had no idea hed fall in love...with California. His enthusiasm for his new home inspired the idea for the television series that started it all, Californias 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 isnt brain surgery. Peoples stories are what its all about, says Howser. If you have a good story, it doesnt 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 WSMTV 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 WCBSTV in New York City as host of a magazinestyle series. He then came to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBSTV. 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, Californias 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, Californias Golden Parks, Californias Green, Californias Water and the newest series, Downtown. Huell Howsers 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. Huells 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 Howsers style.
Walter Goodman of The New York Times praises, Howsers infectious upbeat spirit...
Daily Variety says Howser has a gift for probing the emotional truths of peoples lives and gently coaxing them into the television screen.
The L.A. Weekly recognized Howser as the Best GoodNews 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 TwentyNine Palms.
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