Huell Howser Dead — California Public TV Icon Dies At 67

Tue, January 8, 2013 7:34am EST by 8 Comments
Huell Howser Dead
Courtesy of CNN

The beloved California public TV host died on Jan. 6 in his Los Angeles home. He retired in November after 25 influential years on the Southern California TV station KCET.

Huell Howser, the California TV icon who was best known as the host of California Gold on the public TV station KCET, died in his home on Jan. 6, his station announced. “Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state,” KCET said in a statement. “… Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day.”

Huell grew up in Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, according to the biography posted on the website for Huell Howser Productions, his company. After college, he worked on a U.S. senator’s staff and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He began his TV career at WSM-TV in Nashville, and later moved to WCBS-TV in New York City to host a magazine-style series. After his job in New York, Huell moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to take a job as a reporter for KCBS-TV.

In 1987, Huell joined KCET to produce the short series Videolog, which featured segments profiling various people from “all walks of life,” according to his website. That series led to his hit show California’s Gold, which captivated audiences and made Huell a household name in California.

He also produced several other television series for the station, including Visiting with Huell Howser, Road Trip with Huell Howser, California’s Golden Parks, California’s Green, California’s Water and Downtown.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Huell’s passing. This is a tremendous personal and professional loss to his friends and colleagues as well as his legions of fans,” Al Jerome, president and chief executive of KCET, said. “Throughout his more than two decades with KCET, Huell inspired everyone at the station with his enthusiasm and storytelling about this great state in which we live.”

Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with Huell’s family during this difficult time.

– Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 10:53 PM on February 2, 2013  

A great loss to californians and california.

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Posted at 10:03 AM on January 13, 2013  

Huell was a good man. I knew him during his time in NYC. I will always remember him fondly.

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Haydee and Stephen Stanton

Posted at 7:15 PM on January 10, 2013  

My husband and myself will miss Huel very much. We watched him everyday and learned so much about CAlifornia. We will miss him a lot. Did he have any family in California?

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Posted at 1:04 PM on January 8, 2013  

Ohhhhhh, I am so saddened to hear this news.

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Posted at 12:43 PM on January 8, 2013  

I live in California and always watched California’s Gold. What a lovely man and he will be very much missed by me. A true man of integrity.

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Posted at 10:57 AM on January 8, 2013  

OMG! I just found out. What a sad day. I LOVED HUELL HOWSER THROUGH WATCHING HIM ON HIS PROGRAM. What a great loss. May he RIP. He will be truly missed. His voice and his spirit was invigorating.

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financial cliff

Posted at 10:05 AM on January 8, 2013  

it doesn’t matter what kind of screen you got.

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Hazel Shewell

Posted at 9:32 AM on January 8, 2013  

We were shocked and saddened to learn that Huell had died. His warmth, love of people and general exuberance will be greatly missed – not to forget his southern drawl!!

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