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

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

  City of Jackson begins clean up of abandoned south Jackson apartment complex

PRVWSD to discuss lowering Ross Barnett Reservoir to fight newly discovered Giant Salvinia

  MORA and UMMC host annual program recognizing organ donors

Former JSU student Zebulum James to go on trial for two random killings

Mississippians have new choice for health insurance in 2020

Michael Raff, former Director of Cultural Services for City of Jackson and civil rights activist dies

Pearl man receives 20 year sentence for sexual battery involving 11-year-old girl

Brandon man sentenced for trafficking methamphetamine through investigation “Drama Queen”

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