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

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

Two inmates housed at different state prisons in Rankin County die Tuesday

Ole Miss administrators hold virtual Parents and Families Town Hall

Executive order issued granting Jackson city employees administrative leave to vote

Jackson school named after Confederate colonel accepting nominations for new name

  Jackson native announces $25 million Tech-Hub development downtown

  Former Rebul Academy head football coach under investigation by Attorney General

MDOC employee arrested for embezzlement

Former Rebul Academy coach arrested for sexual battery

2020 WellsFest canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns

  Roofing company donates work to homeless Jackson man

  Conversations: Black Father to Son

Arrowhead Archery at Traceway Park holds grand opening ceremony

  Conversations: Black Father to Son

  Conversations: Black Father to Son - Pt. 1

Man who lied to Simpson Co. authorities now behind bars for Rankin Co. charges

Espy and Mississippi democrats host drive-in rally

Mississippi Department of Insurance receives grant to help train first responders

Two more MDOC inmates die in hospital

City of Jackson provides storm preparedness resources

  Lawrence County school board member accused of racist rant

Two Mississippi inmates die in separate hospitals

Groundbreaking ceremony for next phase of Brandon’s Grants Ferry Parkway

Former Meridian police officer charged federally with extortion

Woman uses forklift to visit parent in Clinton senior care facility

1 of 2 escaped inmates from Jefferson Davis County Jail captured in Chicago

  Harvard professor says Mississippi must get COVID-19 numbers down before opening schools

  Vigil held for woman killed in traffic on busy interstate

  First African-American Mississippi state troopers honor Constance Slaughter-Harvey

‘I never thought I could feel this much pain;’ Vigil held for son of ‘Bring It’ star