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

Vicksburg Police make arrests for possession of controlled substances, felony shoplifting, stolen firearm

  WLBT’s Maggie Wade honored at MLK banquet

  Harlem Globetrotters play in the Mississippi Coliseum

Clarion Ledger’s first African American sportswriter dies

Pafford introduces Air One Foxtrot fixed wing ambulance

Hinds County sheriff announces “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” blitz ahead of New Years Eve

Vicksburg burglary suspect makes initial court appearance

Deadly crash in Copiah County claims life of man on Christmas

  Hinds County Constables surprise disabled vet with early Christmas gift

  Salvation Army’s Angel Tree begins Christmas distribution

Vardaman man arrested for child pornography, sexual battery

Mississippi Court of Appeals overturns kidnapping charge against Jackson man; remands new trial

Manslaughter conviction against Vicksburg man affirmed by Mississippi Court of Appeals

Gulfport woman sentenced for child pornography, sexual battery

MDOC inmate found dead in Central Mississippi Correctional facility cell

Two Grenada residents indicted for insurance fraud, other charges

  School custodian who relied on JATRAN to get to work given new car for Christmas

Clinton Man sentenced to almost 7 years in federal prison under Project EJECT for carjacking

Ridgeland holds second annual Tree Lighting

Ex-partner in largest Mississippi Ponzi scheme not guilty

MDOC considers next step in housing inmates after Issaquena Co. prison forced to close

  Taking Back Our Streets: Apostolic Restoration Ministries update

  Hinds supervisor addresses Raymond Detention Center issues in ‘Jailed and Abused’ investigation follow-up

  Flowood woman’s mobile shower truck for homeless now a reality

Original member of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Billy Bridges, dies

Allred’s of Hazlehurst selling pharmacy after more than 100 years in business

Mississippi College holds Dance Marathon fundraiser for Batson Children’s hospital

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Jailed and Abused

City of Jackson issue new precautionary boil water notice, lifts others

City of Jackson issues precautionary boil water notices