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.
The three confederate flags are now in their permanent new home, the Museum of Mississippi History. The flags made their way in a motorcade just blocks away from the Capitol, with a host of dignitaries; notably missing from the ceremony, Governor Tate Reeves.
More often than not, it’s the young people who are the catalysts for change. That is the case now and it was the case 40-years ago when a simple act of defiance by an Ole Miss student set off a chain of events that led to the university disassociating itself with the confederate flag.
If you’ve ever wondered what previous Mississippi state flags looked like, we found out. With permission from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, we used images and information from an article by the late historian David Sansing.
Good news for TSA PreCheck customers....you no longer have to go all the way to Vicksburg to register.The city of Jackson is now offering the services Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Applications for the 2020 Public Waters Alligator Season will be available from 10:00 a.m. June 1 through 10:00 a.m. June 8. There are no changes to the application and drawing process from 2019. A total of 960 permits are available within seven hunting zones for the 10-day season.
The Mississippi Arts Commission is announcing a special round of funding to provide relief to Mississippi’s arts sector from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19. Using funds from the CARES Act, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded almost $30 million to the nation's 50 states,