Craig Loper

Craig Loper

WAFB Sports Reporter

Baton Rouge, La.

Craig Loper came to WAFB in September of 2016. Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, he graduated from the University of Oregon in June of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. During his time in college, Craig interned at KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona as well as Fox Sports in Los Angeles learning what it’s like to work in a sports office, write stories, edit video and publish content.

After graduation, he worked for his hometown station in Eugene, KVAL, for almost two years covering Oregon and Oregon State athletics along with prep sports and local stories. His fondest memory of his time in Oregon is traveling with the Beaver football team to various Pac-12 stadiums covering games on Saturdays.

After his time at KVAL, he moved to Los Angeles where he turned his passion for health into a career, working as a personal trainer and health coach in the city that spawned the healthy, active lifestyle movement.

An itch to get back into the broadcast business in September of 2016 brought him to Baton Rouge. Since then, he has loved learning more about southern culture and sports.

In his position at WAFB, Craig primarily covers the Southern University football team, the LSU Gymnastics team and the LSU softball team along with prep athletics. His most memorable trips at WAFB have been working in Omaha for 13 days while covering the Tigers run to the College World Series Championship game and working in Oregon for 12 days for the Corvallis Regional and the final NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. Day to day, you can find him at the gym in the mornings and out at sporting events in the evenings. His favorite part of his job is working on a new story every day and telling the stories of people in the community.

His passions include exercise, food prepping, movies and enjoying time with friends while having a good meal out to eat.

Contact Craig via email at cloper@wafb.com.

Education:

  • University of Oregon: Journalism

Recent Articles by Craig

‘I would say there’s room for improvement’ - Saints enjoy OT win over Chargers but know there’s still lots to clean up

Saints wide receivers step up with Michael Thomas out with injury

  Saints look to be more disciplined moving forward

EYE ON THE TIGERS: LSU’s fight against COVID-19

Orgeron points out concerns as LSU heads into season-opener against Mississippi State

  ‘This is not fair:’ Denham Springs football player dies following collapse at practice

Players with La. connections waived by NFL teams

GoFundMe set up to help former LSU DL whose new home was destroyed by Hurricane Laura

  ‘Thank you!’ LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase officially announces his decision to opt out of 2020 season

  LSU football players help collect supplies for Hurricane Laura victims

  Brennan focusing on football but taking necessary COVID-19 precautions

  LSU safety JaCoby Stevens making adjustments in Bo Pelini’s scheme

Bengals head coach talks about Joe Burrow’s adjustment and adaptation abilities

  Saints begin adjustment to practicing in pads

Saints look to be focused against Bucs without fans

Pelicans expect slow process in selecting new head coach

  Episcopal QB Dylan Mehrotra commits to UAB

Saints safety Marcus Williams credits veteran Malcolm Jenkins with helping his game

Kenneth Miles, former LSU exec. dir. of Academic Center for Student-Athletes, passes away

  Central Wildcats get new field turf

Matthew Langlois commits to Kansas State

  78th GOODE Water Ski National Championships underway in Zachary

  Former Southern baseball star hosts exhibition game to help players stay sharp

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: East Iberville Tigers

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Silliman Wildcats

REPORT: Former LSU safety Jamal Adams traded to Seahawks

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Livonia Wildcats

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Ascension Christian Lions

  SWAC postpones fall sports schedule until spring

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: West Feliciana Saints