Huell Burnley Howser (born October 18, 1945) is an American television personality best known for California's Gold, his travel show for the Los Angeles based KCET.
Howser was born in Gallatin, Tennessee. Howser received his first name from a portmanteau of his parents' names, Harold and Jewell, as revealed in the California's Gold episode "Smartsville". He received a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he also served as student body president. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and on the staff of Sen. Howard Baker, Howser's television career began at WSM-TV in Nashville. He began a series of "human interest" stories for WSM. Howser became extremely popular as the host of a popular segment on what was at that time still a market-dominant station, especially with regard to local news.
After working in New York, he moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. During 1982-83, he also served as weekend host and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. In 1985 he joined Los Angeles television station KCET, then a PBS affiliate, as a producer of "Videolog", covering short topics including lint.
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