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

  Trial begins for man accused of murdering two black men, shooting at black family’s home in 2017

  Addis man charged in 16-vehicle crash on old Miss. River Bridge that killed Plaquemine teen

  ‘We might lose her’ - Video from shrimp boat shows terrifying conditions off La. coast around the same time Seacor Power capsized

  Staged sickout: 531 EBR teachers out Monday

  LSU goes all but silent on Title IX failures; lawmakers look toward what’s next

  LSU football employee files $50M lawsuit against board of supervisors, Les Miles, and others

  Pres. Biden’s $2T infrastructure proposal includes money for Amtrak’s passenger train line connecting BR and NO

Big demand for crawfish heading into Easter Weekend

  LSU assoc. dean of students under review; asked not to participate in decision making

  Despite slump in testing, Gov. Edwards, LDH confident COVID-19 rates remain lowest of pandemic

  Work begins on City Lakes revamp after years of planning

  Alleged victim of Derrius Guice claims Coach Orgeron contacted her to have Guice apologize

  LEAP Testing nears, educators concerned students have fallen behind over last year

  Livingston Parish drops lawsuit against Ascension Parish over Laurel Ridge Levee, plans alliance to improve drainage in both parishes

  Kindergarten not required in Louisiana; State lawmaker aims to make change

  19th JDC offering virtual traffic court to help resolve outstanding tickets, bench warrants

  MADD encourages you to plan ahead if planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day out

  Circle Bowl to close after 62 years in Baton Rouge due to economic toll of coronavirus shutdowns

  Crawfish are scarce, prices high this year in Louisiana

  “You didn’t think they had a responsibility to tell the truth?:” LSU Interim President grilled by state lawmakers, survivors of sexual violence on LSU’s campus

  After a year of fighting COVID, front lines nurses optimistic next 12 months will be better

  LSU students protest after admin only suspends two for violating Title IX

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

  EBR Metro Council approves rezoning for Cortana Mall

  Governor John Bel Edwards proposes hopeful budget with no spending cuts

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

  Public Service Commission presses Entergy Louisiana exec on outages and repair expenses

  Teachers, daycare workers, and pregnant women now among those eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations in La.

  Don’t get scammed; only hire reputable tree services

  Power companies give estimates of when customers in the Baton Rouge area can expect power to be restored