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

  Promising health research projects lower Miss. COVID-19 deaths

House Speaker Phillip Gunn talks unemployment filings

  A.R.M. pastor and businessman donate t-shirts to south Jackson police officers

Sanderson Farms announces attendance bonus for hourly employees

‘COVID-19 got me but it hasn’t defeated me’: JPD officer says he is not giving up after catching virus

PRVWSD makes adjustments to reduce risk of COVID-19 spread

18-wheeler tanker trailer carrying used cooking oil tips over into ditch in Brandon

Drugs, guns, and $15,000 cash found during traffic stop in Jackson

  50 years later: JSU opens exhibit to honor 2 killed, 12 injured

Kroger donates $30,000 to JSU and Tougaloo College food pantries

First Lady Elee Reeves brings awareness to heart disease at Governor’s Mansion

Commissioner Brent Bailey & Atmos Energy present check to Jackson Public Schools

Man sentenced to 12 years after drugs disguised as children’s candy traveled through Mississippi

Former Jones County Supervisor convicted of embezzling nearly $2K from middle school mentoring program

Emotions high in day five of Godbolt mass murder trial

Ridgeland funeral home donating services to family killed in Clinton house fire

  18-wheeler, two other vehicles involved in crash in Warren County

Mississippi trooper files suit against city of Flora, police chief, officer and others

  Former JSU President Bynum controversial choice from the start

  ‘You don’t replace those people that easily': Morton businesses still struggling six months after ICE raids

  'It’s really heart-wrenching’: Meridian native reflects on friendship with Kobe Bryant

Atlanta Braves GM addressed Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting

  Richland PD hosts human trafficking awareness event at First Baptist Church

Suspect in Warren County vehicle break-ins arrested

Discovery Zoo at Jackson Zoo being demolished

8th grade Brandon Middle School student wins Congressional App Challenge

Vicksburg Police make arrests for possession of controlled substances, felony shoplifting, stolen firearm

  WLBT’s Maggie Wade honored at MLK banquet

  Harlem Globetrotters play in the Mississippi Coliseum

Clarion Ledger’s first African American sportswriter dies