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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 looks into contractor chaos

    Sandra and Danny Azzo have a major problem. They bought what they thought was their dream home in Rego Park. They hired an alleged contractor named Dennis Ngai to do improvements. They say they shelled out more than $150,000. The result can be described as a dangerous debacle. You name it and it appears Dennis Ngai did a horrible job. From beams to cinder blocks, mortar and tiles. It’s a wall to wall disaster. And it turned out Dennis Ngai […]

  • Howard connects with Manhattan rabbi

    I’ve done a lot of stories and helped a lot of people over the years. But I’ve never helped a rabbi. Until now. Rabbi Y.S. Ginzberg lives on the Lower East Side. He’s a principal at a Jewish school there and his home landline was out for months. The rabbi asked for help getting it repaired. “It’s affecting every aspect of my life,” the rabbi told me. “My landline is vital. It’s my access to the world.” So we got […]

  • Howard investigates auto theft caught on video

    It looks like there’s a high end vehicle theft ring that’s been operating in the area. And Emile Brammer of Brooklyn is a victim. “I woke up at 6:45 in the morning to find out my car was missing from my house.” he told us. In October they swiped his fully loaded 2013 Mercedes Benz GL 550 SUV from right in front of his home while he slept. Emile’s security cameras caught the thief in action. And he was shocked […]

  • PIX11 reporting spurs case to NJ Supreme Court

    NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Supreme Court will decide on an issue arising out of a PIX11 Help Me Howard investigation. In November 2014, PIX11 revealed how then Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli’s office made false statements in an official document as part of his plan to auction off bogus sports memorabilia. The phony memorabilia was part of the haul Molinelli’s office seized after the arrest of a rogue pharmacy owner. The pharmacy owner had laundered money made in illegal […]

  • Howard plays it safe

    NEW JERSEY — For a few weeks now I’ve been telling you about the New Jersey safe company that’s ripped off customers around the country. It took thousands of dollars from them for safes and never delivered. They packed up and disappeared from their Hackensack headquarters last month. I just missed them by a few minutes. So I was determined to find out where they went. And I did. I found them on Route 46 in Elmwood Park, N.J. The […]

  • Howard helps injured teen

    Jennifer Newcomb couldn’t understand why the doctor was ignoring her. All she needed were papers to submit to insurance for the stem cell treatment he’d given her son. “The doctor has been ignoring me. I have sent him several emails,” she told me. “I need things to submit to m insurance company so I can possibly get money back.” She needs the money to help care for her son Austin. He was critically injured after getting hit by a car […]

  • Howard flexes some flower power

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan —Peter Karalis’ family has been in the flower business since 1936. The Windsor Florist on the Upper East Side is a popular place. The nearby Arader Gallery features collections of rare maps, paintings, prints and more. It purchased flowers from Peter’s business. He says they paid one bill after a few months. But then ran up another of $1,143.15. Despite his persistent efforts to collect, the gallery refused to pay. As Peter relates it, “The gallery […]

  • Howard gets tour of Canarsie house occupied by squatters

    CANARSIE, Brooklyn — It looks like Beverly Daniels finally is winning her long, difficult battle with a bunch of squatters in Canarsie. We’ve been telling you about her problems since last fall. She bought a home for her family ad her sister’s. A tenant, a guy named Ethiel McCleain, was supposed to get out. But not only did he say, he changed the locks and “rented” out rooms to other people. This dragged on and on through court. Now, a […]

  • Howard just misses safe company owner

    This story kind of sounds like some 1930s noir movie. There’s a big mystery involving a safe manufacturing company. Where did the owner go? I’ve been looking into Lacka Safe Co. in Hackensack for a couple of months. Attorney Jef Henninger has a judgment against them on behalf of a client for $9,500. “I’ve acquired a new client that has a similar issue,” Henninger told me. “Almost identical and two other attorneys called me and they represent clients with a […]

  • Howard talks to the ‘ex’ about alleged con man in Staten Island

    You want to get information? Talk to the ex. I’ve been dealing with con man Robert Schnepf for years now. I finally came face to face with him in Staten Island last month. He denied having money of Marcus Matos of Dover, N.J. Matos says he gave Schnepf $34,000 to renovate his home and all Schnepf’s crew did was tear it apart. After the story ran, I was contacted by a woman named Victoria. We’re not using her last name. […]