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Clark Brian Howard
June 20, 1955
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Central Michigan University
|Occupation(s)||Syndicated talk radio host, consumer advocate, and author|
|Spouse||Lane Carlock Howard|
Clark Brian Howard (born June 20, 1955) is a popular consumer expert and podcast host of The Clark Howard Show.
Life and career
He had been a nationally syndicated radio host since 1989, teaching consumers ways to "save more, spend less, and avoid rip-offs." The Clark Howard Show was heard every day on more than 200 radio stations throughout North America, and aired from News/Talk WSB, WSB AM/WSBB FM in Atlanta. He 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 BA in Urban Government. He went on to receive his Master of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University in 1977. During Jimmy Carter’s presidency at the age of 25, when the travel industry was deregulated, he founded his travel agency business. Clark’s business quickly became successful and had several branches by the time he was approached by a large financial firm to acquire his travel business. In 1987, he was forced to retire during the sale of the travel agency business he founded six years earlier. He retired to Florida for a couple of years before returning to his home state of Georgia. During his travels between Georgia and Florida, he was approached by a radio station to give guest travel advice to listeners. Not long afterwards, he began giving travel advice in guest appearances on Atlanta radio. In 1991, Howard also became a consumer affairs TV reporter for WSB-TV, 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.
Howard explained on air that he was joining the Georgia State Defense Force (an unarmed, non-federal branch of the Georgia Department of Defense) following the September 11 attacks. He attended monthly training workshops around the state as part of his service, and performed medical evacuation work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
In August 2017, Howard escaped serious injury from a car accident. While walking across a parking lot, he spotted a car backing towards him at high speed after hearing a woman screaming. Recalling a story he read in the news, he jumped in the air to lessen the severity of the impact and thus was only grazed by the vehicle, suffering only minor pain in his neck and shoulder, but no cuts or bruises.
Several years earlier, in 2009, Howard hosted a weekend program on HLN. The format was similar to Howard's radio show, in that the host gives advice to callers and provides tips on saving money. In 2012, he became one of several anchors on the daily HLN show "Evening Express," which aired from 5–7:00pm ET. Howard has also appeared elsewhere on HLN such as on Morning Express with Robin Meade.
Howard continues to regularly appear on WSB-TV in Atlanta, which is occasionally broadcast by other Cox Television stations nationwide. His TV appearances offer consumer scam warnings and consumer tips. He is syndicated by Westwood One.
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. The year 2010 marked the 15th-anniversary build and "Team Clark" completed its 39th house together. In 2013, he built his 50th home for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. In 2018, Team Clark completed its 75th Habitat home.
In 2001, Howard created the WSB Radio Care-A-Thon which raises funds each July for the AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Website and Consumer Action Center
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Howard's website, is a consumer advocate website with financial advice provided by Clark, his team and others in the field. In 1993, Howard opened the Team Clark Consumer Action Center, a free call-in advice center for consumer questions.
Howard is the author of several books on consumer tips and bargains. His most recent book: "Clark Howard's Living Large for the Long Haul: Consumer-Tested Ways to Overhaul Your Finances, Increase Your Savings, and Get Your Life Back on Track"  contains tips to help navigate the economics of life in the US. Other books include his 2011 title Living Large in Lean Times. 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".
In 2011, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him. In 2015, Howard was voted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, to be inducted November 5. In 2016 he was a recipient of the "Good and Faithful Servant Award" from the Peachtree Christian Hospice.
- Clark Howard's Consumer Survival Kit III (Paperback ed.). Longstreet Pr. 1999. ISBN 1-56352-506-2.
- Get Clark Smart : The Ultimate Guide for the Savvy Consumer (Paperback ed.). Longstreet Pr. 2000. ISBN 1-56352-629-8.
- Get Clark Smart: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rich from America's Money-Saving Expert (Paperback ed.). Longstreet. 2002. ISBN 078688777X.
- Clark's Big Book of Bargains : Clark Howard Teaches You How to Get the Best Deals (Paperback ed.). Longstreet. 2003. ISBN 0-7868-8778-8.
- Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids : Teaching Kids of Every Age the Value of Money (Paperback ed.). Longstreet. 2005. ISBN 0-7868-8779-6.
- Clark Smart Real Estate: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling Real Estate (Paperback ed.). Longstreet. 2006. ISBN 140130785X.
- Living Large in Lean Times (Paperback ed.). Penguin Group. 2011. ISBN 978-1-58333-433-1.
- Each book was written with coauthor Mark Meltzer.
- "Kiplinger's Personal Finance". google.ca. March 2002. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
- Silva, Derek (October 26, 2021). "Clark Howard: Everything You Need to Know".
- "Joy Chase Obituary". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
- "Clark Howard's mom, Joy Chase, has died at 92".
- "News for Monday, January 5, 2009". www.clarkhoward.com. January 5, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Schroder, Chris (January 2, 2012). "Clark Howard's teenage Moment changed his life and saved millions". Retrieved September 4, 2020.
- "Clark Howard Battling Prostate Cancer". WSBTV. February 9, 2009. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved February 27, 2009.
- "News for Friday, May 29, 2009". www.clarkhoward.com. May 29, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Timmerman, Mike (August 8, 2017). "This is how Clark escaped injury after being brushed by a car". Clark.com (Clark Howard official website). Retrieved September 23, 2017.
- "Show Pages". August 20, 2012.
- "News for Friday, March 19, 2010". www.clarkhoward.com. March 19, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- "Clark Howard: Books".
- "Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times". www.clarkhoward.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
- Ho, Rodney (September 1, 2015). "Clark Howard inducted into National Radio Hall of Fame". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
- "Clark Howard Recipient of 2016 "Good and Faithful Servant" Award | peachtreechristianhospice.com". peachtreechristianhospice.com. Archived from the original on April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.