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

  Ascension Parish crews focus on cleaning up trash, asking for your help

  Farmers to begin growing hemp in La. in spring, but must jump through some hoops first

  Barn Hill Preserve flies out to Australia; how you can help wildlife recovery efforts

  Baton Rouge fans still celebrating LSU’s national championship win

  John Bel Edwards sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

Rep. Schexnayder elected as La. House speaker

  LSU gear flying off shelves ahead of national championship

  Abandoned buildings on Florida tagged with profanity laced graffiti

Ascension Parish sewage consolidation could impact some EBR residents

  New Ascension Parish president, new parish council sworn in

  Central family taking donations for those affected by fire on Sparkle Drive

  Baton Rouge homeless population on edge following three homicides; killer at-large

  Last minute donations won’t help as much on taxes; other tips to save come tax season

  Mid City residents frustrated with recent car break-ins

  Judge refuses to block vote on Ascension sewer system

  Two McKinley High School teachers charged after parent claims they punched student

  Anthony Templet released from prison after posting reduced bond

  Rates could go up in Ascension Parish if council votes to consolidate sewage system

  Jury finds accused serial killer Ryan Sharpe guilty of first degree murder

  Long-time French Settlement mayor to resign Friday

  Born at 26 weeks, baby Brayden finally gets to go home after 3 months at Baton Rouge General

  St. Helena Parish deputy shoots, kills man who allegedly came to door with weapon

  BRPD Chief Murphy Paul says after months of decreases in violence, he was caught off guard when crime spiked in November

  Team celebration may be short lived but LSU fans party on

  Wedding planner worried disavowing of plantation homes as venues could hurt her business

  Some sugar cane farmers concerned after early freeze brought down harvest

  LSU Fans gear up for final home game; Burrow’s last at Tiger Stadium

  Red light cameras to remain in Baton Rouge through 2023

  BTR director says you can still fly if your driver’s license expired during OMV closure

  Wetland growth near mouth of Atchafalaya gives hope of restoring Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta