Austin Kemker

Austin Kemker

WAFB Reporter

Baton Rouge, La.

Austin is a Memphis native. He grew up there, graduated from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers) and met his wife there.

After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism, Austin moved halfway across the country to Lubbock, Texas.

While in Lubbock, he covered numerous breaking news stories including the murder of a Texas Tech police officer on campus.

As far as stories, Austin says he likes a mix of hard news and features. He loves politics and when possible will try to find a story involving sports.

He is an avid cycler, you can probably catch him on his off days biking around town and a huge Memphis sports fan. If he’s not cycling he is likely looking for a great po boy or some other food that’s probably not too healthy.

Austin is eager to get involved in the community so if you have any volunteer opportunities feel free to reach out.


  • University of Memphis: Broadcast Journalism

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Bill in La. House would prevent schools, employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations

People of French Settlement use sandbags leftover from Laura to prep for Sally

Livingston Parish woman tries to file for unemployment only to discover her name was fraudulently used

Seniors at La. healthcare facility looking for pen pals across the country

Help on the way for crawfish farmers suffering because of pandemic

As renters struggle to make payments, landlords struggle to pay bills

Despite repeated calls to mask up, LDH says more Louisianans are choosing not to

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La. Office of State Fire Marshal issues guidelines for phased reopening of restaurant patios

Small businesses left struggling as SBA assistance funds run dry

Community meeting following Exxon fire turns heated as residents express concerns

Coach says teen killed outside mall was a hard worker, great kid

Louisiana doctor explains what mumps is and how it spreads

Courier Labs seek to become first hemp processor in Louisiana

La. health officials address spread of new strain of coronavirus

Farmers to begin growing hemp in La. in spring, but must jump through some hoops first

John Bel Edwards sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

LSU gear flying off shelves ahead of national championship

Baton Rouge homeless population on edge following three homicides; killer at-large

Last minute donations won’t help as much on taxes; other tips to save come tax season

Team celebration may be short lived but LSU fans party on

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President Trump’s support helped but not enough for Rispone

5-year-old viral drumming sensation offered college band scholarship

After nearly 40 years, once convicted felon now gets the chance to vote

La. ATC begins accepting applications for alcohol home delivery

$28 million LSU locker room renovation sparks heated debate

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GU272 descendant speaks about reparations, discussion surrounding the idea