Elizabeth Vowell

Elizabeth Vowell

Anchor

Baton Rouge, La.

Elizabeth Vowell grew up in a small, rural Mississippi town where not a lot ever happened.

“Gossip columns, school and church announcements, and hunting trophies made up the vast majority of headlines in the local weekly paper,” she said. “But, in that small town was the compulsion to share stories. Every person, from the deputy who directed traffic near the school to the group of elderly veterans who sat and sipped coffee every morning at the local pharmacy to the lady behind the serving counter of the butcher shop, would stop and share epic tales of life disguised as mild mannered daily anecdotes. These natural storytellers shaped my early life, ingraining that same desire to communicate and connect.”

Elizabeth attended the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi where she was further exposed to a rare collection of talented and experienced journalism professors. Also a student of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, she had access to a series of respected and influential mentors including writer Curtis Wilkie, documentarian Michael Farrell, and broadcaster Tom Brokaw.

As a student, Elizabeth was given opportunities to cover and interview figures like former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and intern with the 2008 Presidential Debate Commission, CNN, and WTOK-TV.

Elizabeth graduated in 2010 with honors, completing a senior thesis on the influence of social media.

Her professional career began at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. During two years at the ABC affiliate, she worked as a multi-media reporter covering breaking news, severe weather, and continuing events like the BP Oil Spill. Within her first year, she took over the weekend anchor desk and oversaw weekend assignments.

In 2012 she moved to Baton Rouge to join WAFB. Since then she has worked as a reporter, covering breaking news and major events like the historic 2016 flooding and protests following a police involved shooting in July 2016 and the weekend anchor.

Elizabeth is now the 6 and 10 anchor for 9 News.

Contact Elizabeth via email at evowell@wafb.com.

Awards:

  • LAB Reporter of the Year
  • AP awards for reporting

Education:

  • University of Mississippi: Broadcast Journalism

Recent Articles by Elizabeth

  Impacts of river flooding felt far beyond Louisiana

  Miracle League gives every kid a chance to play baseball

  Louisiana close to groundbreaking model to treat, cure Hepatitis C patients

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Inside Mimosa Handcrafted jewelry

  Black History Month: Maj. Reggie Brown’s bicycle journey

  First Christmas: Coping with three decades of memory loss

  Plea for Justice: Family looks for answers in slain father’s mysterious death

Kelli’s Kloset collecting donations for children of cancer patients, kids fighting cancer

  OLOL nurse shares personal story about Children’s Hospital

  Family shares life saving efforts of staff at OLOL Children’s Hospital

  Coach O, wife surprise patients at OLOL Children’s Hospital

Annual suicide prevention walk scheduled with new location

  Parents testing out new furniture at OLOL Children’s Hospital

  La. Dept. of Health holds open public forum on combating opioid epidemic

  Expert on opioid epidemic stops in Baton Rouge, talks about what can be done

Help and Resources for Addiction

  Chasing a fix: The brink of death

  Chasing a fix: Protecting addicts from themselves

  Chasing a fix: Loving an addict

Federal jury sides with former ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert in lawsuit

  Hurricane preparedness for pregnant women, families

DNA testing brings Pearl Harbor victim home after 77 years

Young boy's hysterical reaction to hooking fish goes viral

  Stand Up to Hunger: How donors make a difference

  Stand Up to Hunger: Helping families in need

  Inside the Food Bank's Wednesday Warriors volunteer group

  Food Bank launches Stand Up to Hunger Campaign

  Kate Spade's death brings suicide into spotlight

  New cookbook focuses on men's health

Telephone CPR becomes law in Louisiana