A native of Tennessee, Huell Howser began his television career at WSM-TV in Nashville after receiving his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee. Huell's work in television has carried him through travels worldwide, including Egypt, Israel, Haiti, Nicaragua and Europe, and twice to the former Soviet Union.
Huell 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 nominated for an Emmy Award under his leadership.
Huell is a frequent speaker to civic and student groups, and is the 1996 Honorary Chairman of the California PTA. He is also active in numerous charitable, civic and social groups in California.
Huell hosts a number of different series for PBS television:
The California's Gold shows have been produced over the past 15 years on California’s rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders, and amazing people.
Seen on all PBS affiliates in California, this is Huell Howser’s signature series, and is endorsed by a number of organizations including: the California Teachers Association; the California Federation of Teachers; the California State Library Foundation; the California Library Association; the California School Boards Association; the California Council for the Social Studies; and the California Historical Society.
We all know how important it is to preserve and protect our fragile natural environment here in California. With ever-greater and faster population growth and development staring us in the face, it's more critical now than ever to try and live in harmony with our state's environment by preserving clean air, conserving water and dealing with issues like recycling and open spaces.
The California's Green series highlights what innovative and creative Californians are doing to solve environmental challenges.
California's Golden Parks
In May of 2002, Huell Howser proudly announced his monthly, half-hour, statewide series titled California's Golden Parks. This series features a visit to a different State Park each month. With over 260 State Parks containing a diverse collection of natural beauty, history, and a recreational wonderland unmatched anywhere else in the country, we can't get to them all, but we'll have fun trying.
In a 10-part miniseries, entitled simply "California Missions," Huell Howser and cameraman Luis Fuerte set out on a quest to visit all 21 missions that run much of the length of present-day California. The miniseries features three missions in each thirty-minute episode.