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.

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  Coach O previews LSU spring football

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  Southern wins thriller over Grambling in Bayou Classic

  Southern and Grambling clash in Bayou Classic to crown SWAC West champs

  Saints prepare to host Panthers

  Zachary faces Live Oak in Southern La. Youth Football Super Bowl

  Southern looks to bounce back with homecoming win

  Orgeron gives final updates before LSU faces Mississippi State

  Southern holds off Prairie View in SWAC West battle

  Sportsline Players of the Week: Catholic QB Jackson Thomas and Catholic WR Jalen Toaston (Week 5)

  Southern athletic director talks about possible Jags-Tigers football game

  Odums reiterates importance of Southern fans showing up to home games

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Southern gears up to try to slow Memphis offense

  Southern looks to limit turnovers in historic game at Memphis

  Southeastern rolls past Jacksonville St. in season opener

  Saints end training camp; prepare to face Jets in third preseason game

Saints quickly return to work to prepare for third preseason game


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