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

  More than 100 gather for bike ride with aim of solving violence in Baton Rouge

  Swollen Mississippi causing delays in road construction on Sherwood Forest, leaving business owners frustrated

  5G cell towers a source of concern for Baton Rouge residents

  DOTD exploring new options to prevent drivers from going through floodwaters

  Former pastor in Donaldsonville extradited back to Ascension Parish after alleged misuse of at least $60k in church money

  Teen accused of shooting young boy while trying to make rap video pleads guilty

  LSU fans ready for Super Regional against Florida State

  Flood victims still waiting on duplication of benefits money

Legislature passes bill to widen Hooper Road through Central

  Flood waters receding in Assumption Parish

  La. rolls out new music video telling you not to forget your pet during evacuations

  Army Corps of Engineers holds meeting regarding Morganza opening

  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

  Gonzales Jambalaya Festival kicks off; cooks remember Tee Wayne Abshire

  Residents in Pierre Part brace for more flooding

  St. Vincent De Paul cuts ribbon on new Sweet Dreams Center

  Parts of Assumption Parish could see flood waters for another month

  French Settlement still celebrating American Idol winner Laine Hardy

  Tyrann Mathieu talks about past, hope with inmates

  Governor Edwards weighs in on ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill

  Louisiana soybean farmers caught up in new round of tariffs

  Hometown Hero: Laine Hardy makes it to top 3 on American Idol

  Residents along Comite River worried about flooding as heavy rains continue

  Inside Look: Capitol Wellness Solutions preparing for medical marijuana roll-out

  Transportation may be key to bringing more business to north Baton Rouge

Death of nurse at hands of patient renewing focus on workplace violence

  Jail warden resigns, officer arrested after alleged attack on inmate at Ascension Parish Jail

  With summer near, it’s time to prepare for those pesky mosquitoes

  LSU engineering students make beach-friendly wheelchair so family can continue tradition