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Viewers who feel they have suffered injustices or been wronged contact Howard Thompson for assistance. Since its inception in 1995, “Help Me Howard” has aided hundreds of viewers who have benefited from Howard’s intervention.

Born in Massachusetts, Howard Thompson played high school football and had dreams of playing professionally. At Syracuse University, Howard played college football long enough to receive two concussions and be sidelined from the game. Deciding to use his head for something other than football, Howard transferred to Emerson College where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in TV production and Broadcast Journalism in 1981.

After graduation, Howard landed a position at WWLP-TV in Springfield, MA as a general assignment reporter. In 1983, Howard moved to Connecticut to cover nightlife in Hartford for WFSB-TV. From 1985-1988 Howard was an anchor for WPXI-TV in Pittsburg, PA, moving in 1988 to NY’s WNBC-TV where he remained through 1990.

At this point, Howard decided to leave the newsroom altogether and explore his passion for racecar driving and international motorsports, which began as a child after watching the film “Grand Prix.” Howard then spent the next few years racing and interviewing drivers for various freelance projects.

In 1994, Howard returned to television full time as host of Disney’s Los Angeles-based program “The Crusaders,” a nationally syndicated magazine program which served as the stepping stone for “Help Me Howard.”

In 1995, Howard caught the attention of WPIX and he was hired as a weekend anchor, and it was at WPIX where he created the “Help Me Howard” concept. By mid-year, the long-form investigative interviews had transformed into what is now “Help Me Howard.”

Since its inception, “Help Me Howard” has aided hundreds of viewers who have benefited from Howard’s intervention. His tenacious investigations have run the gamut, from shutting down an unlicensed medical practice to helping a local family with a bogus contractor. In addition to resolving major conflicts; Howard also seeks to expose con artists. As a result, Howard won his first Emmy Award for best Business/Consumer Program Series from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

An avid cyclist, Howard has completed The American Diabetes Tour de Cure as well as the Tri-State Trek, a three-day bike ride that benefits Lou Gehrig’s disease research.

He is also adept in the kitchen, and has perfected his own recipe for what he calls “the best Bolognese sauce this side of Bologna!”

Recent Articles
  • Howard tries to stop ‘Build It Back’ program from causing new flood

    NEW YORK — After the tri-state area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy back in October 2012, “Build It Back,” a federally funded program supervised by New York City was created. The goal of the program is to help people get their homes back. We get a lot of complaints about delays in Build It Back projects and other issues, but Frank Scarantino has a new one. The Build It Back project next door is flooding his home. “This wall […]

  • Howard gets into neighborly dispute over junk cars

    WEEHAKEN, NJ — Ron Barile of Weehawken can’t take it anymore.  His neighbor, a guy named Glen, has had junk cars parked in front of his house for years.  They’re filled with debris and Ron says they’re attracting cats and critters. Skunks actually come out in broad daylight. I asked Ron, “Do you talk to your neighbor?” “We argue,” he said. “We argue. He says I’m allowed to do it (park the cars on the street) and that’s it.” So, I […]

  • Howard works out deal with dealership

    NEW JERSEY — Lee Svorec is a truck guy. He uses it for his landscaping business in Lodi as well as for personal family treks for dirt biking and snowboarding. When he had a brake problem, he brought his truck in for servicing at East Coast Toyota. The dealership is in Wood-Ridge, N.J. The service center is in Carlstadt. “They did the brakes the last time they crashed the truck. And now my emergency brake doesn’t work anymore,” Lee told […]

  • Howard looks into vicious crash

    WHITESTONE, Queens — It’s a good thing Abraham Perez has surveillance cameras on his Whitestone, Queens home.  Without them, we couldn’t be sure what exactly happened the night of Oct. 28, 2017. Because of the cameras, we know that college student Andrew Cho came cruising down Perez’ street and, for no apparent reason, smashed hard into the rear of Perez’ SUV.  Perez came out and thought Cho may be intoxicated.  He asked responding police officers from the 109th precinct to give […]

  • Howard chases scammer, the law caught him

    We want to tell you the latest on three stories we’ve been on for a while. Back in the spring of 2016 I went after this character Arie Gal.  He had some scheme going.  He’d send Nassau County homeowners official-looking forms.  They looked like the forms to fill out to take advantage of a state tax rebate program. But the fine print said he was a consultant filing for the homeowner and entitled to the rebate.  If victims signed and […]

  • Howard’s story prompts quick eviction

    IRVINGTON, N.J. — For Marge El, the stressful ordeal is finally over. The tenants she’s been trying to evict are finally gone. We told you about her plight last week. She has a four-apartment home where she also lives in Irvington, New Jersey. Last May, she rented an apartment to Darnell Harris and Karissa Norton. But they stopped paying rent, even though Harris had a good job. After getting a run-around in court, El came to me. “I’m crestfallen. I’m […]

  • Howard plays mediator in building dispute

    Julita Gontarczyk is involved in a bitter dispute. She and her husband own a home in Maspeth, Queens. A developer, Orin Effi, is putting up several homes in the space next door. What began amicably enough has deteriorated in a war of words, texts, complaints, and calls to the police. “Because we have a common wall there is a lot of problems going on,” Julita told us. “Rain would come into his house. Flood his basement and flood my basement.” […]

  • Howard meets squatter with money

    NEW JERSEY — Marge El has a couple of nightmare tenants in her Irvington house. She and a sister own the four-unit place. El lives in one apartment. She has two reliable long-term tenants, but Karissa Norton and Darnell Harris are entirely another matter. They moved in last year. El said she’d verified Harris’ income potential. They paid three months’ rent and then stopped. El has been around and around in Essex County housing court trying to get them out […]

  • Howard does the Plaza 57 dance again

    For me it was kind of like seeing an old friend again. No, not really. Just kidding. It was an old nemesis of sorts, Lee Rosenblum of Plaza 57 on 57th Street. He runs the jewelry store that does a lot of advertising on late night talk radio. And he’s known for holding on to customers’ items, promising quick adjustments and returns that never seem to happen. I was last at Plaza 57 in the summer of 2015 to help […]

  • The refrigerator that ruined Christmas

    It wasn’t a very merry Christmas Eve for Florencia Vicencio and her mate Matthew. They were planning to host 25 people for dinner in their new Glendale apartment, but they needed a refrigerator. Florencia ordered a Samsung after getting an assurance from Lowe’s that it could be delivered in time for the Sunday dinner. She missed work on Friday and Saturday before Christmas while waiting for them and the deliverymen never showed. Finally, on Christmas Eve they arrived. But the […]