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

Recent Articles by Austin

Baton Rouge’s dirty secret: 81 tons of litter in wetlands behind LSU’s Burden Center

LSP arrest 5 for operating an illegal poker room in Baton Rouge

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LWC response time slow due to dealing with fraudulent claims

AG Landry’s office arrests city councilman on alleged election fraud

  Those who knew Congressman-elect Luke Letlow reflect on untimely passing

Businesses get tax break on PPP loans, individuals still have to pay taxes on unemployment

Man returns home after being hospitalized with coronavirus, looks ahead to 2021

Dad finally gets to embrace kids after being hospitalized for nearly three months with coronavirus

People still traveling for holidays despite COVID-19

Baton Rouge casinos see slump in revenues, industry anxiously awaiting vaccine rollout

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Cajun Navy factions say they’re heading to Grand Isle after Hurricane Zeta lashes area

Voters in La. wait in line for hours as state sees record early voting turnout

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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