Clark Howard

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Clark Howard
Born(1955-06-20) June 20, 1955 (age 57)
EducationAmerican University
Central Michigan University
OccupationSyndicated Talk radio host, Consumer Advocate, & Author
Spouse(s)Lane Carlock Howard[1]
Website
clarkhoward.com
 
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Clark Howard
Born(1955-06-20) June 20, 1955 (age 57)
EducationAmerican University
Central Michigan University
OccupationSyndicated Talk radio host, Consumer Advocate, & Author
Spouse(s)Lane Carlock Howard[1]
Website
clarkhoward.com

Clark Howard (born June 20, 1955) is a popular U.S. talk radio host of the nationally syndicated consumer advice program The Clark Howard Show, and host of Clark Howard for HLN. The show covers consumer and financial news, covering ways to spend less, save more and avoid rip-offs. The show airs from the Cox Radio station News/Talk WSB, WSB AM/WSBB FM in Atlanta.

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Life and career

Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer expert who advises consumers how to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. The Clark Howard radio show is heard every day on more than 200 radio stations throughout North America. He also co-anchors "Evening Express" on HLN, and is a frequent "consumer expert" guest on other talk, variety and news programs.

Howard's first career was in the travel agency business. Howard attended the Westminster Schools in Atlanta before graduating from the American University in 1976 with a B.A. in Urban Government. He went on to receive his Master of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University in 1977. In 1987, he retired from the travel agency business he founded in 1981 and began giving travel advice in guest appearances on Atlanta radio. His segments were so popular that he was soon given his own radio show. In 1991, Howard also became a TV reporter for the local ABC affiliate. In 1993, he founded the Consumer Action Center to have volunteers answer consumer questions off the air. Howard's website followed in 1997, and in 1998 his show went into syndication. [2]

Howard explained on air that he was joining the Georgia State Defense Force (a non-federal branch of the Georgia Department of Defense). Howard joined after the terrorist attacks of 2001 to do his part in helping to prepare and assist our military. He attends monthly training workshops around the state as part of his service, and has performed medical evacuation work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.[citation needed]

In 2008, Howard was diagnosed with a "little league" cancer of the prostate. He made it public on WSB-TV-2 on February 18, 2009.[3] He gave another update three months later on his Web site.[4]

Media personality

In 2012, Howard became co-host of HLN's "Evening Express," a daily news and lifestyle roundup that airs 5-7pm weeknights.

In 2009, Howard hosted a weekend show on HLN (formerly Headline News). The format was similar to Howard's radio show, in that the host gives advice to callers and provides tips on saving money.[5] Howard also appears elsewhere on HLN such as on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

Howard also regularly appears on WSB-TV in Atlanta, which is occasionally broadcast by other Cox Television stations nationwide. His TV appearances offers consumer scam warnings and consumer tips. He is syndicated by Dial Global.

Although his radio show is supported in part by advertisements, Howard does not do personal product sponsorships or endorsements.[6] This is of note as he often states strongly worded opinions and research, both pro and con, on various consumer issues, companies, and products.

He started several civic programs in the community, such as Atlanta Volunteer Action, Volunteer Action, Inc., The Big Buddy Program, and Career Action.

With help from his listeners, Howard began teaming up with Habitat for Humanity in 1996 to build houses around the Atlanta area. 2010 marked the 15th anniversary build and "Team Clark" completed its 39th house together.[7]

Website and Consumer Action Center

Howard's website, ClarkHoward.com, is a resource of transcripts from his radio show with information on numerous consumer-related topics. In 1993, Howard opened the Team Clark Consumer Action Center, a free call-in advice center for consumer questions.

Author

Howard is the author of several books on consumer tips and bargains. His most recent book (2011) is titled Living Large in Lean Times.[8] This book features 250+ ways to save more, spend less, and avoid rip-offs. Other books include Clark Smart Real Estate (2006), Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids (2005), Clark's Big Book of Bargains (2003) and Get Clark Smart: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rich From America's Money-Saving Expert (2002). Howard's Get Clark Smart made it to No. 6 on The New York Times "Best Seller" list for "How-To Books." And his Big Book of Bargains made it to No. 7 and No. 11 on The New York Times "Best Seller" list for "Business Books".

Honors

In 2011, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[9]

Books

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