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

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

  Donations raised, family showered in love after loss of 2-year-old son to gun violence

  Despite fears, numbers show COVID-19 is not rampant in Baton Rouge area schools

  Candidates for open 21st JDC seat tout experience, differ on issues most pressing on the bench

  Teen accused of killing father allowed to remove ankle monitor in latest court hearing

  7 months after start of pandemic, Baton Rouge Airport begins seeing comeback

  People in Abbeville preparing for Delta

  Residents of Cypremort Point frustrated by multiple storms this season

  Residents of Ascension, Livingston parishes prepare for Hurricane Delta

  Bill in La. House would prevent schools, employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations

  Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank needs your help to keep up with demand

  Start of City Lakes revamp project delayed until at least October

  Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

  Livingston Parish Public Schools address proposed teacher strike during press conference

  La. pastor pleads not guilty to violating governor’s emergency order

  Many evacuees still in Baton Rouge nearly a month after Hurricane Laura

  Remembering Remy: The gentle giant off the field who was full of love

  Some assisted living facilities start to allow visitation as morale of residents drops

  Economist Loren Scott outlines Baton Rouge area’s economic trends for 2021-22

  People of French Settlement use sandbags leftover from Laura to prep for Sally

  Game days under the oak will look different this year after LSU says no tailgating

  Attorneys representing Alton Sterling’s children speak about EBR Metro Council decision

  Pointe Coupee Schools to reopen after teachers and board agree on truce

Majority of Pointe Coupee schools close Friday after teachers refuse to show

  Iberville Parish public defenders removed from parish offices twice this year by Pres. Ourso

  Impasse between Gov. Edwards and Firehouse BBQ continues as hearing postponed pending appeals court decision

  24-year-old battling colon cancer says he missed signs; doctors urge you to be aware

  Grotesque, graphic evidence presented against former Livingston Parish deputy, former teacher accused of sexual abuse of children

  Livingston Parish sees minimal storm surge flooding; residents along Amite breathe sigh of relief

  Hotels in Baton Rouge largely sold out as thousands evacuate Laura’s path