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

The Cain Way: MDOC Commissioner trying to right the ship within Miss. prisons (Part 2)

The Cain Way: MDOC Commissioner says gang numbers shrinking in Miss. prisons (Part 1)

MDOC sanitization efforts making Mississippi prisons among safest for COVID-19

Parole board chairman defends board member cited in state auditor report

Mississippi National Guard promotes new Two-Star General

MDOT suspends work, watches traffic for Thanksgiving travel

Brandon man volunteers for Pfizer coronavirus vaccine study

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

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

Ole Miss administrators hold virtual Parents and Families Town Hall

Jackson native announces $25 million Tech-Hub development downtown

Mississippi Department of Insurance receives grant to help train first responders

Woman uses forklift to visit parent in Clinton senior care facility

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

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

  State flags moved to Museum of Mississippi History

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

  GRAPHIC: Family seeks answers in death of Mississippi inmate

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

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

Miss. Indian community raises funds for Mississippi Food Network during COVID-19 pandemic

Promising health research projects lower Miss. COVID-19 deaths

House Speaker Phillip Gunn talks unemployment filings

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

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

Ex-partner in largest Mississippi Ponzi scheme not guilty

MDOC considers next step in housing inmates after Issaquena Co. prison forced to close