Matt Houston

Matt Houston

WAFB Reporter

Baton Rouge, La.

Matt Houston was born in Tyler, Texas and graduated from LSU in 2018. His dad was a TV anchor during most of his childhood, and his mom worked in administrative offices at a handful of different businesses and charities.

Matt’s dad called high school football games on the radio and Matt went to every game with him from third grade until Matt made varsity on his own team in high school.

“I made my radio debut in the 8th grade during a 12-overtime game between Jacksonville and Nacogdoches,” he said. “It still holds the record for the nation's longest high school football game. After that, I joined him as a color commentator each Friday night.”

In 2014, Matt took a job at the local ESPN Radio affiliate and continued to work there as a seasonal producer and co-host until he graduated from college.

During the Spring 2016 semester at LSU, he joined TigerTV. He also hosted a football tailgate show for KLSU.

Matt began covering the state legislature for the Manship School News Service in Fall 2016. Before taking over as the legislative reporter at WAFB in May 2018, he had already covered seven legislative sessions as a print journalist.

Matt also has a passion for sports.

“I played baseball, basketball, and football and wasn't particularly great at any of them,” he said. “I enjoy cleaning, listening to music, and playing video games when I am not at work.”

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  • 2018 Manship School Male Senior of the Year


  • Louisiana State University: Mass Communication

Recent Articles by Matt

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Tax hike and reduced benefits likely as La. runs out of money for unemployment

LSU football season will open at 25% capacity in Tiger Stadium; no tailgating allowed during 2020 season

LSU Interim President: 25% capacity likely at Tiger Stadium

Will La. enter Phase 3? Gov. Edwards expected to decide Tuesday

CDC tells states to have vaccine distribution plan ready by Nov. 1

New saliva test for COVID-19 looks to be cheaper, faster than nasal swab

Doctors fear cooler months ahead will worsen spread of COVID-19

Some bars agree to pay fine to reinstate licenses; constitutionality of virus restrictions to be argued in hearing

Invasive species of snail adversely affecting crawfish, rice crops in Louisiana

Gov. Edwards says Louisiana will stay in Phase 2 until at least Aug. 7

White House recommends tighter restrictions on Louisiana businesses

La. must flatten the curve again for high school sports to start

La. school board to vote on statewide COVID-19 safety policies for classes to resume

Gov. Edwards issues stern warning about rise of COVID-19 in La.

Lawmakers pass budget, car insurance bill as session ends

La. lawmakers reach decision on controversial car insurance bill on last day of special session

What the blocked Louisiana abortion law means for future of abortions in U.S.

LSU board votes in favor of removing Middleton name from library

Doctors can recommend marijuana to treat any illness under new La. law

Some lawmakers argue at capitol over government’s control over churches

After Gov. Edwards vetoes car insurance bill, Republican support splits among new ideas to lower rates

La. lawmakers advance policing study, but remove language on race

State lawmakers kill vote-by-mail expansion

Federal money spares TOPS, most state services from deep cuts in Edwards’ new budget proposal

Bill to lower car insurance rates advances after lengthy, fiery debate

La. economists project COVID-19 will cause nearly $1B shortfall in state’s budget

Push to neuter the stay-at-home order advances in state capitol

State lawmakers return to work May 4

Gov. Edwards, President Trump discuss testing, reopening Louisiana’s economy during private meeting