Howard Ballou

Howard Ballou has been in the broadcast journalism profession for more than 30 years. He has won several awards of excellence in his field, including United Press International's "Best Documentary" category for a report he did on Tennessee Drunk Driving Legislation, three First Place Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, Best Franchise reporting for his Taking Back Our Neighborhoods series of reports since 2009. In 2016, Ballou won Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters First Place Best Documentary for An Autograph for the Ages. In 2007, Ballou was inducted into the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, having anchored and reported for the top rated 6 pm and 10 pm newscasts since 1984. He was presented a resolution by the Jackson City Council in 2017, "honoring and commending" him for "preserving excellent stewardship in news journalism." Howard is the former President of the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and is former Regional Director for the Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi. He is also very active in the community, serving on Boards of Directors of numerous charitable and civic organizations. This is his second stint as primary anchor for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at WLBT-TV. He now anchors the 5pm newscast, as well. Howard also worked in broadcast journalism in Texas (KDFW-TV), Tennessee (WHBQ-TV), South Carolina (WFBC/WYFF-TV, WIS-TV) and North Carolina (WCCB-TV). For two years, Ballou anchored newscasts on two networks, Fox affiliate WDBD-TV (9pm) and NBC affiliate WLBT-TV (5, 6 and 10pm). In addition to his anchoring at WLBT-TV, he is currently a general assignment reporter and has served as producer and executive producer for the station. Howard is married to the former Deborah Thomas and is the father of three sons -- Brandon, Brian, and Blair. Howard is an avid fisherman and loves to read good books and listen to good music, especially jazz and classics.

Recent Articles by Howard

Hinds Co. Sheriff Victor Mason faces new sexual harassment lawsuit

Elementary school scholars get first hand knowledge of career choices

Man crashes into own home in north Jackson

Anne Moody highway dedication ceremony scheduled

Bank partnership awards $40,000 to local nonprofits

Giant Salvinia nearly eradicated from Pelahatchie Bay

Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership welcomes new leader

Rev. Kenneth Dean dies at age 83

Community teams up with Habitat for Humanity to rehab two houses on MLK Day

MEMA sets level-3 emergency over flooding

Historic Big Apple Inn gets special recognition

Jackson hosts 2-day customer service event for water bill problems

First responders treated to Operation BBQ

Mayor Lumumba appoints new leadership to city attorney’s office

Inmate found dead in Central Mississippi Correctional Facility

Taking Back Our Streets: Back to Casa Grande

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: I-20 ramp closure scheduled in Hinds County

President Trump rallies support for Cindy Hyde-Smith ahead of U.S. Senate runoff

Farm to Fork giveaway draws crowds to Jackson Medical Mall

Biloxi man sentenced for possession with intent to distribute meth and possession of firearm