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

  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

Two Mississippi Museums offers free admission in honor of Emmett Till’s birthday

Visit Jackson unveils “JXN Icons” mural

2 ‘extremely dangerous’ inmates escape Jefferson Davis County Jail

Jackson native named Georgia Tech Alumni Association 40 Under 40 honoree

  Third man sentenced in 2017 deadly traffic light shooting at Fortification and State Streets

  State flags moved to Museum of Mississippi History

  Former Ole Miss cheerleader who refused to carry Confederate flag reacts to new law

  Veteran of Civil Rights movement reacts to flag change

  Mississippi’s forgotten flags: A brief history on state flags of the past

Cooperation Jackson and local ministers call for state flag change

City of Jackson now offering TSA PreCheck services

  Ward 6 Jackson City Councilman unveils plan for addressing decades-old eyesore

Jones County woman jailed for Facebook posts alleging parents are racist

  Councilman Stokes feeds Precinct 3 officers in appreciation

All Jackson residents to receive face masks

Flowood PD investigating death of 10 month old girl

  GRAPHIC: Family seeks answers in death of Mississippi inmate

  3 On Your Side gets exclusive look inside new Mississippi Trademart Center

Lieutenant Governor announces lawmakers back in session May 26th

Lt. Gov. Hosemann frustrated over time taken to sign legislation

Miss. funeral home owner addresses misconceptions amid coronavirus pandemic

Application process for Alligator Hunting Season begins June 1

Retirement home residents treated to “drive-by” greeting

Warren Co. teens arrested for illegally shooting alligators

Sen. Hyde-Smith gives away tainted campaign donation after Espy calls her out

  Victory Sports Foundation owner says he’d never taken DHS funds if he’d known they were TANF