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

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  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Walker Wildcats

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: St. Amant Gators

  Zachary WR Chris Hilton talks about why he committed to LSU

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Scotlandville Hornets

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: McKinley Panthers

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Live Oak Eagles

Nicholls St. names former football player, coach Jonathan ‘JT’ Terrell as new athletic director

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Istrouma Indians

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Glen Oaks Panthers

PFF ranks Saints roster at No. 2 for upcoming season

  Replacing Burrow: Orgeron talks about talent in LSU QB room

  Chris Curry looks to be serious contender for LSU starting running back position

LSU basketball assoc. head coach Greg Heiar announces he’s leaving the program; 2 assistants promoted

  LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr. talks about ups and downs

NCAA lifts D-1 baseball roster cap, offers other forms of relief

Chase, Marshall lead LSU’s talented group of pass catchers

  Pair of Scotlandville track athletes sign letters of intent

LHSAA explains how schools will be monitored after extended school year period

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Former LSU players explain what they can bring to an NFL team

  Central baseball player finishes shortened season on a high note

  Coach O previews LSU spring football

  Jags look for success on the diamond again in 2020 after 2019 championship season

LSU coaches believe pitcher Cole Henry can stay healthy entire season

  LSU RB Chris Curry steps up big in starting role for injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire

LSU hands Liberty its first loss of the season as Tigers get ready for SEC play