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

MDOC hosting job fair at Pearl Public Library

Former state hospital employee indicted for stealing from vulnerable person

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Surprise Bills

Natchez man illegally possessing assault weapon and 100-round drum magazine sentenced under Project EJECT

Meridian man sentenced to over 15 years for possession and distribution of crack cocaine and meth

Fire officials investigating accidental fire at warehouse owned by state hospital in Rankin Co.

  3 On Your Side Exclusive: HUD Secretary Ben Carson weighs in on whistleblower and impeachment

HUD Secretary Ben Carson in Jackson to announce $1.8 million dollar lead remediation grant

Sexually transmitted infection trends addressed at symposium in Jackson

Fair commissioner outlines plan of action in case of mass shooting, vows the safest 105 acres in Ms during fair

Citizens voice concerns over proposed NCL Landfill in Ridgeland at Tougaloo College

Choctaw man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a minor

Jackson Police Citizens Academy celebrates 41 graduates

  'I’m not a hero’ Mississippi state trooper jumps into action to save a baby in distress

Two arrested after cigarettes and money stolen from Rankin Co. business

Batte Furniture and Interiors announces closing after 136 years

Jackson mayor declares September “Hunger Action Month”

William Carey University and Millsaps College form teacher preparation partnership

Sept. 16 ceremony in Hazlehurst will honor nation’s first female federal trial judge

Tate Reeves’ campaign responds after opponent Jim Hood releases report on controversial Frontage Rd. project

Bond set for suspect in deadly Rankin County hit and run

Vicksburg District holds Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony, begins revetment season

Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper arrested, charged with child abuse

Workers at AT&T Southeast to strike over unfair labor practices

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