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

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Transition from oil and gas industry would potentially cripple Louisiana’s economy, leaving tens of thousands out of work

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Non-profits stand to lose $1M in concession sales if Tiger Stadium is empty this fall

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

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Crews break ground at site believed to be Amazon distribution center

First independent air quality monitor not in place until nearly an hour after ExxonMobil fire started

Barn Hill Preserve flies out to Australia; how you can help wildlife recovery efforts

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

Team celebration may be short lived but LSU fans party on

Some sugar cane farmers concerned after early freeze brought down harvest

Operating license revoked after child reportedly left in locked van at St. Amant daycare

Medical marijuana set to hit shelves next week; doctor goes over process to receive recommendation

$28 million LSU locker room renovation sparks heated debate

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Louisiana seafood industry hurting due to high amounts of fresh water pouring into the Gulf

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Farmers stand to lose entire crop when Morganza Spillway opens

Army Corps of Engineers hosting public meetings to discuss impacts of historic Morganza Spillway opening

Governor Edwards weighs in on ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill

LSU students excited for Will Wade’s return, want answers from president and athletic director

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