Clark Howard, Consumer Expert
Save more and spend less is more than just a motto for money expert Clark Howard; it’s a way of life. Clark and his crew — Team Clark — are on a mission to empower people to take control of their finances by providing money-saving tips, consumer advice, hot deals and economic news to help everyone achieve financial freedom.
Clark spearheads two free resources — Clark.com and ClarkDeals.com — to encourage consumers to save more, spend less and avoid ripoffs. Clark is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and a consumer reporter for television stations around the country. His podcast, The Clark Howard Show, receives more than one million downloads each month and is a hub for listeners to get valuable advice on-demand any time. In 1993, he opened the Consumer Action Center help line to provide the community with free advice on money and consumer issues.
After retiring at the age of 31, the “consumer champion” dedicated his life to teaching people how to keep more of the money they earn and make better financial decisions. He worked his way through night school in college and became a successful lifelong entrepreneur, media star and #1 New York Times best-selling author through hard work, penny pinching and a genuine love of saving money!
Clark also believes in giving back. His charitable work has ensured that more than 150,000 Atlanta foster children had presents under the tree on Christmas morning through the Clark’s Christmas Kids campaign. He and his wife have also sponsored 74 Habitat for Humanity homes for families in need and dedicate these houses to caring local citizens.
Clark’s career included stints in both government and private sectors. He was a civilian employee working for the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Vietnam War. He launched a travel agency in 1981 that grew into a chain with locations across metro Atlanta. In 1987, he sold the company at 31 and retired.
Clark found his way into the public eye almost by accident. While enjoying retirement on the pristine beaches of Florida, he was asked to be a guest on a radio show about travel. The response was so positive that he was given his own program, The Clark Howard Show. The show originates from Atlanta’s News 95-5 and AM 750 WSB and is syndicated by WestwoodOne.
He is a consumer reporter on Atlanta’s WSB-TV. In addition, Clark’s weekly newspaper column in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is syndicated throughout the country.
Consumer Action Center Call-in Help Line
In 1993, he opened Team Clark Howard’s Consumer Action Center as an extension of his radio show to provide the community with free advice on money and consumer issues. Team Clark is now staffed by more than 140 volunteers. Call 404-892-8227 from 10am-7pm ET weekdays.
As an Atlanta native, Clark has always been very involved in improving his community. He started several civic programs, including Atlanta Volunteer Action, Volunteer Action, Inc., The Big Buddy Program and Career Action. With the help of his listeners, he has built 43 homes over 16 years throughout metro Atlanta for Habitat for Humanity.
Clark is a member of the Georgia State Defense Force. He joined after the terrorist attacks of 2001 to do his part in helping to prepare and assist our military. He attends monthly training workshops around the state as part of his service, and performed medical evacuation work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Clark has published ten books in total. His newest book, Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul tells the stories of 50 Americans who show you how to live below your means while living life to the fullest. It includes more than 200 tips to help you pack a punch in your wallet.
2011’s Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money, covers everything from cell phones to student loans, coupon websites to mortgages, investing to saving on electric bills, and beyond. It became his first #1 New York Times bestseller in Sept. 2011.
2002’s Get Clark Smart and 2003’s Clark’s Big Book of Bargains also charted on The New York Times‘ bestseller list (No. 6 and No. 7, respectively). Clark’s books are available everywhere books are sold.
- Bachelor’s in Urban Government, American University, 1976
- Master’s in Business Management, Central Michigan, 1977
Clark is married and has two daughters and a son. The family lives in Atlanta.
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