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

Groundbreaking for Phase 3 East Metro Parkway project

  Stokes and Lumumba go back and forth in heated war of words

  Entergy conducts rolling blackouts because of ice storm

  The Cain Way: MDOC Commissioner trying to right the ship within Miss. prisons (Part 2)

  The Cain Way: MDOC Commissioner says gang numbers shrinking in Miss. prisons (Part 1)

  Jackson media receive COVID-19 vaccinations

  Hunter Engineering, Washington University doctor donate high-tech PPE to Jackson hospital

Inmates tasked to build church inside Parchman prison

MDOC sanitization efforts making Mississippi prisons among safest for COVID-19

  Ultraviolet robots helping keep things sanitized

State inmate serving life dies in hospital

  Stewpot: Coping with the pandemic

  ‘It’s like a God thing’: Man removes arrow from goose at the Reservoir

FBI warns of possible COVID-19 vaccine scams

Kosciusko Lower Elementary holds 3rd annual Christmas meet and greet

Parole board chairman defends board member cited in state auditor report

  WLBT’s Maggie Wade surprised with degree from Mississippi College

Mississippi National Guard promotes new Two-Star General

  Former U.S. Attorney’s home shot up in drive by

Illegal alien from Mexico indicted for attempted federal bribery

MDWFP opens new office at Neshoba County Lake

Legendary former JSU basketball coach Paul Covington dies at 86

MDOT suspends work, watches traffic for Thanksgiving travel

  Brandon man volunteers for Pfizer coronavirus vaccine study

Inmate dies after months in and out of hospital

Veterans Memory Park under construction in Ridgeland

Lauderdale Co. man indicted for threatening school shooting, violence towards Black people

Former JPS teacher found guilty on 2 counts after fondling Provine High School student

MS Poor People’s Campaign to hold press conference in response to voter suppression

  UMMC’s 1,000th hospitalized patient with COVID-19 safely discharged home