PBS Utah Announces Executive Producer John Howe’s Retirement

Press Release

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 10:00am

After 35 years of exceptional filmmaking, John Howe is retiring from PBS Utah. Howe is one of public broadcasting’s most accomplished directors who serves as his own writer-producer-cinematographer. During his career, he produced a remarkable collection of performance programs, documentaries, and what he is best known for – films that celebrate the beauty of National Parks and public lands. 

Many of his programs have broadcast nationally on PBS including Piano Guys Live at Red Butte GardenUnspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools, and Yellowstone Symphony

Over the years, Howe captured a treasure trove of material on film including stunning scenery of National Parks, glimpses of wolves and wild horses roaming the Western landscape, untold accounts of Native American history, the battle over water in the West, tales of cowboys and outlaws, and portraits of great American writers and prominent figures. 

Every one of Howe’s programs touches on something notable. He knows how to reveal the finer points of his subject matter in a way that resonates with viewers.  

Howe’s work has been recognized for its outstanding excellence, earning him many Emmys and other impressive awards. This September, Howe received a Rocky Mountain Emmy for his writing in Marriner Eccles: Father of the Modern Federal Reserve

Howe also served as the executive producer of PBS’ most-viewed holiday program: Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Howe’s films have been narrated with acclaimed talent such as Robert Redford, Joanne Woodward, Hal Holbrook, and Peter Coyote. 

Throughout the industry, Howe’s passion for his craft earned him a reputation as a talented filmmaker and storyteller. At PBS Utah, he will be remembered also as a compassionate and humble colleague and mentor.

Howe is masterful at finding great stories and great characters, and that’s why his work will always be part of PBS Utah’s rich legacy as Utah’s storyteller. His final film, Downwinders and the Radioactive West will premiere early in 2021 on PBS Utah. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 10:09am