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.
Because of the cancellation of spring sports, there’s been a wave on social media of sharing stories and honoring senior prep athletes who didn’t get to finish out their final year at their respective schools.
LSU sophomore pitcher Cole Henry appeared in 14 games last season, 11 of which he started, but missed four consecutive weeks late in the regular season due to arm soreness before returning to the mound in the postseason.
With the status of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire questionable heading into the College Football Playoff Semifinal game against Oklahoma, one of LSU’s three running backs would be called upon to replace him in the starting role.
The Southern Jaguars only have four home games at A.W. Mumford Stadium this season and the biggest one happened Saturday night against Prairie View, with the Jags taking control of their own destiny in the SWAC Western Division.
An instant classic was played in Lafayette last Friday between Catholic High and St. Thomas More. The Bears not only won the contest in a shootout but a couple of them also claimed our Sportsline Players of the Week honors.
Members of the Jaguar nation have traveled the country in support of their team through the years but never to Memphis, Tenn. Saturday will be the first ever trip to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the Jags and the game will be historic.