Ernie Manouse, a native of Binghamton, NY and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, launched his broadcasting career with NBC News before producing programs at Chicago radio station WLS-AM. In 1996, Ernie joined HoustonPBS, and as an anchor and producer, he has garnered three Emmy Awards, five KATIE Awards, a Houston Press Club Lone Star Award, "viewer's choice" recognition from multiple local and regional publications, and the title of "Ultimate Interviewer" from the Houston Chronicle.
His intellect, natural curiosity, and ability to help people tell their story have been hallmarks of Ernie's many television projects. InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse, an Emmy-nominated and nationally broadcast interview series will enter its twelfth season in 2013. His weekly program Arts InSight explores stories and issues of importance to the Houston arts lovers. And recently Manouse wrapped production on the first season of the widely successful Downton Abbey inspired talk show Manor of Speaking.
He has also hosted and produced WeekNight Edition, A Mother's Account: The Stella Byrd Interview, The After Party, The Last 24, A Conversation on RACE, Houston 8 and the annual HoustonPBS Spelling Bee, and has moderated debates of both Houston mayoral and Texas U.S. Senate candidates.
Ernie's commitment to public television extends beyond creating compelling programs. As a pledge spokesman, he is instrumental in raising over $2 million annually for HoustonPBS, and his talent has helped PBS affiliates across the country raise tens of millions of dollars in support of educational outreach, broadcasting, and programming needs. Three of public television's most successful national pledge specials have been hosted by Ernie.
Outside of the television studio, Ernie dedicates tremendous time and expertise in support of the arts, education, and equality. He has worked on numerous boards, serving terms as vice-president for all of the following organizations: Stages Repertory Theatre; Dominic Walsh Dance Theater; USO of Greater Houston; PRIDE Houston; and PRIDE Fest Film Festival. Additionally, Ernie is a popular master of ceremonies, host and auctioneer for events as diverse as The Pride Parade, the U.S. Military Ball, Houston Grand Opera, and the "Big Board" at the Cattle Baron's Ball. Ernie can also be seen "on tour" with Al Pacino in the stage presentation "AL PACINO: One Night Only," where Manouse interviews the acting icon to help raise money and awareness for various arts organizations across the country.
Ernie and his cat Champ reside in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.