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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