||Associate Professor of Mass Communication
M.A., Midwestern State University, Texas
B.A., Midwestern State University
||211 Johnson Hall
Broadcast Journalism, Writing
Professor Howell always wanted to be on the radio. He started at 14, and it and television became his life. After decades in the profession, he is now an associate professor of mass communication at Winthrop.
Howell joined Winthrop in 1988 from a position at Conus Communications in Minneapolis, Minn. He spent seven years with CBS News, including four as a producer in New York City and two as Saigon correspondent and bureau chief. He also was a producer and charge editor for ABC Radio News, New York for three years, and he was a reporter and field anchor for KUSA and KCNC television in Denver, Colo.
His experience includes news work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and New Delhi, India, and radio work in Wichita Falls, Texas; Mobile, Ala.; Athens, Tenn.; Miami, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Copperhill, Tenn. Howell has participated in the Poynter Institute Seminar on Broadcast Journalism in St. Petersburg, Fla., and spent one summer at WTVH Syracuse, N.Y., as part of the Radio Television News Directors Foundation Excellence in Journalism Education project. Berkeley published Howell’s novel Roadrunners. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Midwestern State University.
He received the Public Service Award from the Radio Television Digital News Directors Association, where the Best Student Reporter Award is named for him. Howell also received the Lifetime Membership Award from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association in January 2011 for his career in radio and television and his work with South Carolina stations and students.
Howell’s focus is on helping students prepare for jobs in media, and especially broadening their skills to prepare them for the rapidly changing world of mass communication.