I’m an inveterate newspaperman and media gadfly with a weekly humor column in the 140-year-old Sonoma Index-Tribune and a monthly column in SONOMA Magazine. I also write arts pieces for the North Bay Bohemian and am a frequent guest-host of The Drive on KSRO 1350 AM. Much of the above gets archived at DHowell.com where I also riff on ongoing projects and various preoccupations (like the waning cultural relevance of Gen X). Those bits sometimes become books and little movies.
I recently repatriated to Petaluma, CA, where I made my first forays into media as a paperboy, delivering the same newspaper that would eventually hire me for my first writing gig (the venerable Petaluma Argus-Courier). I’ve either come-full-circle or am stuck in an enormous rut, treading a rat wheel I mistook for a career.
Post-Argus I wrote regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle, L.A. Downtown News, Sonoma Valley Sun and Fine Life Magazine for which I was editor. More recent bylines have appeared in Tasting Panel Magazine, Bigger Law Firm Magazine and Shea Magazine. I’m also a contributor to the Future Journalism Project. I spent a protracted lost weekend in Hollywood in film and TV development (Hell), squatting lots and making short works for Universal and RCA, before washing up in Sonoma County as a wine critic.
My videos have been distributed internationally on such outlets as Showtime Next, MTV2, MTV Italia, HBO Cesk Republika, BiteTV, IFC and Canal+. Creative clients have included Annie’s Homegrown, Sutter Home, Morton’s Steakhouse, La Tortilla Factory and the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, for whom I served as the official “Lifestyle Ambassador,” hosting an award-winning series of videos. Additional listings can be found at the Internet Movie Database. Here’s a mostly accurate Wikipedia listing.
As part of my ongoing crusade to make access to media-making available to everyone, I’m presently the interim executive director of CMedia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Sonoma County.
In 2007, Howell placed first in the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national “Altweekly Awards” for Food Writing/Criticism.
In late 2008, “Inside Sonoma” won the bureau first place in the California Tourism Industry Association’s YouTube video contest. Howell also won the first place “Colby Award” for client Coldwell Banker’s worldwide video contest in 2007.
First place in the National Newspaper Association 2011 Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Humorous Column.”
In 2012, won a Gold Adrian Award from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for achievements in marketing and public relations on behalf of their client the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau with collaborator Raymond Scott Daigle.