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

  REPORT: Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services at risk of takeover for failure to protect children

Natchez man pleads guilty under Project EJECT to possessing a firearm while under felony indictment

Attorney Generals across the country file motion to unseal generic drug price fixing complaint

  Taking Back Our Streets: Church ‘ARM’ed with plans to revitalize abandoned buildings in Jackson

Washington Co. store owner convicted for selling drugs out of his business

Argument leads to Florence man shooting his nephew

Carriere man sentenced to over 7 years in prison for accessing child pornography

Reservoir restaurant adding boat access

Philadelphia man sentenced to over 23 years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking and gun possession

  North Jackson homeowner frustrated over repeated flooding

Mississippi lawmaker secures $100,000 in funding for Callaway High School

  Pair arrested on Old Brandon Road after search warrant on Fannin Road house

  Family of man found dead on rural Madison County road seeking answers

Highland Village hosts sneak preview of Ballet Magnificat performance

  Taking Back Our Streets: Jackson making progress on street resurfacing

Tennessee man sentenced to prison for possession of stolen mail and aggravated identity theft

Hattiesburg man sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking

Jackson County man sentenced to ten years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a felon

JPS names parent of the year in surprise announcement at Casey Elementary School

Unite Mississippi’s “A Night of Unity” coming to Mississippi Veterans Memorial/Jackson State University Stadium

  Brandon Mayor: Amphitheater exceeding expectations

  Taking Back Our Streets: Woodburn Avenue potholes

Judge Starrett announces that he will take Senior Judge status

  Mississippi Strong: Dr. Mark Yeager and TEAAM Autism

Antonelli College closing Mississippi campuses

  Mississippi Strong: Flowood woman has food truck converted to mobile shower truck for homeless

  Belhaven neighborhood celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Jackson man sentenced to over 17 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine

Former Mississippi paramedic arrested for workers compensation fraud

  Sumner Hill students remembered in vigil