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.
Tywone Noble, 23, of Natchez, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III to 46 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for receiving a firearm while under a felony indictment.
Daniel S. Dixon Jr. Tubby, 39, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, pled guilty Thursday before Chief United States District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to sexual abuse of a minor. The crime occurred within the Pearl River Community of the Choctaw Indian reservation.
What would you do if a distraught mother burst into your workplace with a baby in distress.... not breathing. A Mississippi state trooper knew exactly what to do and tonight a 6-month-old is alive because of his heroic action.
The Mississippi AG’s office released independent reviews on whether Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves directly or indirectly influenced an attempt to build a frontage road in Flowood which would have connected Reeves’ home within a private subdivision to a nearby shopping center.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District held a "Blessing of the Fleet" ceremony Sept. 4 to commemorate the deployment of the district's Mat Sinking Unit and the official start of revetment season.
Expect to see picket lines in the Jackson metro area this weekend. Communications Workers of America members at AT&T Southeast plan to go on strike at midnight over unfair labor practices committed by management during negotiations for a new contract.
Both Southern Miss and Ole Miss will be hauling their football equipment in style thanks to a local trucking company. KLLM unveiled two 18-wheelers wrapped in the collegiate logos and colors of both universities; ready for the next road trip.
After months of flooding, the Mississippi River has receded to a stage that will allow recreational boating and fishing activity to resume on the tributaries, lakes and other backwaters of the river EXCEPT for Eagle Lake.