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

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: St. Helena Hawks

Walker High basketball star Jalen Cook commits to LSU

  SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Springfield Bulldogs

REPORT: Scotlandville’s Reece Beekman commits to Virginia

  LSU head coach Paul Mainieri reflects on the season

  Alvin Kamara will be Saints feature RB, but Latavius Murray looks to provide balance at the position

  Saints newly-acquired TE Jared Cook looks to be a matchup nightmare for defenses

  Southern practices before NCAA Regional showdown with Mississippi State

  LSU softball gets ready to take on Minnesota in Super Regional

  Southern baseball wins SWAC Championship

  LHSAA track and field state meets wrap up in Baton Rouge

  Jaguars first game against Prairie View cancelled

  LSU-Ole Miss series puts Bianco father and son on opposite teams

  LSU pitcher Zack Hess returns to bullpen

  Dunham’s Jordan Wright signs with Vanderbilt

  Derek Stingley Jr. receives ‘Mr. Football’ trophy

  LSU gymnastics advances to NCAA Championships Finals

  LSU gymnastics makes final preps for NCAA semifinal

LSU gymnast Sarah Finnegan wins AAI Award

  Keilon Brown quietly leads Zachary football and baseball teams

  Southern offense dominates in spring game

  LSU arrives in Washington, DC to face Michigan St. in Sweet 16

No. 13 LSU looks for better home showing against No. 5 Tennessee

  LSU softball gets ready for season opener

Southern guard Eddie Reese no longer with basketball team

  WARRICK DUNN FINALIST: Mike Hollins - U-High RB

  WARRICK DUNN FINALIST: Chandler Whitfield - Zachary WR/KR

Trosclair out as head coach at Ascension Catholic High School after feud with administration

  Zachary High captures 5A state title in thrilling victory over West Monroe

SU Lab stars, LSU commits receive All-American Bowl jerseys