Howard Ballou

Howard Ballou

News Anchor

Jackson, MS

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

Jackson man found guilty by federal jury under Project EJECT for illegally possessing a firearm

KLLM donates football equipment trucks to Southern Miss and Ole Miss

22-year-old Meridian man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

Vigil held for shooting victim found on Bradley Street in Jackson

Recreational boating, fishing ban lifted around Eagle Lake

Dixie National 2020 to feature new amenities and offerings

  Section of Highway 51 in Lincoln County dedicated to fallen deputy Durr

Seattle Seahawks great, Russell Wilson, mourns loss of grandfather, former JSU basketball coach

Former state hospital employee pleads guilty to fondling patient

Official mandate issued in U.S. Supreme Court opinion of Curtis Flowers vs. Mississippi

MVSU’s Edna Horton, College Hall I Residence Halls set to open this fall

  Flood ravaged Mississippi Delta residents attend recovery-resource meeting in Holly Bluff

  Taking Back Our Streets follow up: Secretary of State responds to ARM church pastor

Former Lee Co. Deputy indicted for threatening Sheriff

  Cyrus Ben takes oath to become youngest Choctaw Tribal Chief in history

Update on Route 43 bridge replacement project in Madison County

Evers and Henry birthdays remembered in wreath laying ceremonies

  JPD looking for convenience store burglary suspects seen in surveillance video

Lidarius Dixon murder trial set for July

UMMC releases statement after officers suspended in arrest and release of man killed in traffic accident

  Habitat to unveil 5-year initiative to revitalize historic Broadmoor neighborhood in Jackson

Domestic violence charges against MHP trooper dismissed

  WLBT making state of the art upgrades

  REPORT: Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services at risk of takeover for failure to protect children

Natchez man pleads guilty under Project EJECT to possessing a firearm while under felony indictment

Attorney Generals across the country file motion to unseal generic drug price fixing complaint

  Taking Back Our Streets: Church ‘ARM’ed with plans to revitalize abandoned buildings in Jackson

Washington Co. store owner convicted for selling drugs out of his business

Argument leads to Florence man shooting his nephew

Carriere man sentenced to over 7 years in prison for accessing child pornography