NEVER MISS A STORY: GET THE PIX11 NEWS APP FOR IMPORTANT UPDATES
THE PIX11 NEWSLETTER: GET THE LATEST UPDATES DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX
  • Follow me on:

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 finally finds an old nemesis

    STATEN ISLAND — I finally accomplished something I’ve been trying to do since 2009 — come face to face with Robert Schnepf. Schnepf is a Staten Island guy who has pulled all kinds of rip-offs and made all kinds of claims. I was looking for him on behalf of some of his alleged victims in 2009. But the law beat me to it. He wound up doing time in Florida and I hadn’t thought much about him in quite a while. […]

  • A year later, Howard finds little transplant recipient doing great

    THE BRONX, N.Y. — A 5-year-old in the Bronx has a new life ahead of her, thanks to kidney transplant. We met Maria Campos last April when she was living in a small two-room apartment with her parents and little sister, Natalia. She was getting dialysis three times a week because a rare disease she was born with destroyed her kidneys. At the time, we asked you for help. At least two dozen Help Me Howard viewers emailed to see […]

  • Howard tracks down bagpipes left in a cab

  • Howard can’t believe housing court helps Canarsie squatters

    CANARSIE, Brooklyn — New York’s housing court is absolutely beyond belief. There is no way the situation facing poor Beverly Daniels would happen in any other city in America. We’ve been telling you about her plight since September. More than a year ago she purchased a three story home in Canarsie. And she’s never set foot inside since. A tenant who was supposed to be out when she closed decided to stay. Not only that, but he changed the locks […]

  • Same name, similar social security numbers cause credit confusion

    NEW YORK — I’ve done credit stories before. But nothing like this one. Alexis Torres, 29, of Queens is a hard-working responsible young woman who’s been battling this problem for 10 years now. It seems there’s another Alexis Torres in Brooklyn with a very similar social security number. Just two digits different and the last four digits are identical. A long shot? You bet. Just the odds on the last four numbers being identical are 10,000:1. Add on the probability […]

  • Howard has tale of the tape

    WEST HEMPSTEAD — I’ve been trying to help out Luisa Esposito of West Hempstead for almost six months now. She says her landlord, Roy Tuccillo, is trying to force her out along with her dogs and her roommate. She says he had workers up on her roof before a storm. They didn’t put a tarp on. The result was flooding and now a house full of mold. “He did nothing to remedy it. No heaters after the rain storm. No dehumidifiers […]

  • Howard looks into missing safe

    It’s not every day that an attorney asks for my assistance. But Jef Heninger did. It seems he represents a California guy who ordered a safe for $9,500 from Lacka Safe of Hackensack. His client paid $9,500 and never received the safe. “He then was supposed to get a refund,” Henninger told me. “They sent him a check for a refund. That check bounced. After that they didn’t hear from him.” When Henninger sued, Lacka Safe didn’t show up to […]

  • Howard keeps the heat on Canarsie squatters

    CANARSIE, Brooklyn — For about six months now we’ve been telling you about the plight of Beverly Daniel. She and relatives bought a home in Canarsie, but had to close quickly or risk losing her loan. The tenants were supposed to vacate before she moved in. Not only didn’t one tenant stay put, but Ethiell McCleain allegedly changed the lock and “sublet” the rooms. Beverly hired attorney Augustin Tella. He was successful at getting McCleain in court and getting him […]

  • Howard wants funeral home to live up to its deal

    NEW YORK — Maribel Garcia and her brother Ricardo had a tough time when their mom died last September. Besides dealing with her death, they say they now have a big problem with the funeral home. They received a check from their mom’s residence for $25,000 the day before the funeral. But Maribel says they couldn’t cash it. The banks were closed. So people at the funeral home told them to sign over the check to the funeral home and […]

  • Howard finds a lawyer

    Reinaldo Garcia used to do roofing. The Jersey City resident had an awful accident a few years ago. He fell off scaffolding on a really windy day. “I fall down to the street to the sidewalk. And I broke my shoulder. I broke all my teeth. They had to remove all my teeth. I also broke my hand. And I also broke my leg.” To top it off, Reinaldo say he was later got fired. He was due workers comp […]