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

More than 3K inmates vaccinated in Mississippi

Inmates tasked to build church inside Parchman prison

Lauderdale Co. man indicted for threatening school shooting, violence towards Black people

Ole Miss administrators hold virtual Parents and Families Town Hall

Former Meridian police officer charged federally with extortion

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

  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

  State flags moved to Museum of Mississippi History

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

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

Lieutenant Governor announces lawmakers back in session May 26th

Application process for Alligator Hunting Season begins June 1

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

  Lt. Gov. Hosemann reflects on historic events of first 100 days in office

Sanderson Farms announces attendance bonus for hourly employees

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

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

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

Ex-partner in largest Mississippi Ponzi scheme not guilty

Original member of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Billy Bridges, dies

'I’m not a hero’ Mississippi state trooper jumps into action to save a baby in distress

William Carey University and Millsaps College form teacher preparation partnership

Tate Reeves’ campaign responds after opponent Jim Hood releases report on controversial Frontage Rd. project

Former state hospital employee pleads guilty to fondling patient

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

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

Antonelli College closing Mississippi campuses

MEMA sets level-3 emergency over flooding

President Trump rallies support for Cindy Hyde-Smith ahead of U.S. Senate runoff