Elizabeth Vowell

I grew up in a small, rural Mississippi town where not a lot ever happened. Gossip columns, school and church announcements, and hunting trophies made up the vast majority of headlines in the local weekly paper. But, in that small town was the compulsion to share stories. Every person, from the deputy who directed traffic near the school to the group of elderly veterans who sat and sipped coffee every morning at the local pharmacy to the lady behind the serving counter of the butcher shop, would stop and share epic tales of life disguised as mild mannered daily anecdotes. These natural storytellers shaped my early life, ingraining that same desire to communicate and connect. Attending the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi, I was further exposed to a rare collection of talented and experienced journalism professors. Also a student of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, I had access to a series of respected and influential mentors including writer Curtis Wilkie, documentarian Michael Farrell, and broadcaster Tom Brokaw. As a student I was given opportunities to cover and interview figures like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and intern with the 2008 Presidential Debate Commission, CNN, and WTOK-TV. I graduated in 2010 with honors, completing a senior thesis on the influence of social media. My professional career began at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. During two years at the ABC affiliate, I worked as a multi-media reporter covering breaking news, severe weather, and continuing events like the BP Oil Spill. Within my first year, I took over the weekend anchor desk and oversaw weekend assignments. In 2012 I moved to Baton Rouge to join WAFB. Since then I've worked as a reporter, covering breaking news and major events like the historic 2016 flooding and protests following a police involved shooting in July 2016 and the weekend anchor. I am now the 6 and 10 anchor for 9 News.

Recent Articles by Elizabeth

  OLOL nurse shares personal story about Children’s Hospital

Family shares life saving efforts of staff at OLOL Children’s Hospital

Coach O, wife surprise patients at OLOL Children’s Hospital

Annual suicide prevention walk scheduled with new location

Parents testing out new furniture at OLOL Children’s Hospital

La. Dept. of Health holds open public forum on combating opioid epidemic

Expert on opioid epidemic stops in Baton Rouge, talks about what can be done

Help and Resources for Addiction

Chasing a fix: The brink of death

Chasing a fix: Protecting addicts from themselves

Chasing a fix: Loving an addict

Federal jury sides with former ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert in lawsuit

Hurricane preparedness for pregnant women, families

DNA testing brings Pearl Harbor victim home after 77 years

Young boy's hysterical reaction to hooking fish goes viral

Stand Up to Hunger: How donors make a difference

Stand Up to Hunger: Helping families in need

Inside the Food Bank's Wednesday Warriors volunteer group

Food Bank launches Stand Up to Hunger Campaign

Kate Spade's death brings suicide into spotlight