Matt Houston

Matt Houston

Reporter

Baton Rouge, La.

Matt Houston was born in Tyler, Texas and graduated from LSU in 2018. His dad was a TV anchor during most of his childhood, and his mom worked in administrative offices at a handful of different businesses and charities.

Matt’s dad called high school football games on the radio and Matt went to every game with him from third grade until Matt made varsity on his own team in high school.

“I made my radio debut in the 8th grade during a 12-overtime game between Jacksonville and Nacogdoches,” he said. “It still holds the record for the nation's longest high school football game. After that, I joined him as a color commentator each Friday night.”

In 2014, Matt took a job at the local ESPN Radio affiliate and continued to work there as a seasonal producer and co-host until he graduated from college.

During the Spring 2016 semester at LSU, he joined TigerTV. He also hosted a football tailgate show for KLSU.

Matt began covering the state legislature for the Manship School News Service in Fall 2016. Before taking over as the legislative reporter at WAFB in May 2018, he had already covered seven legislative sessions as a print journalist.

Matt also has a passion for sports.

“I played baseball, basketball, and football and wasn't particularly great at any of them,” he said. “I enjoy cleaning, listening to music, and playing video games when I am not at work.”

Contact Matt via email at matthouston@wafb.com.

Awards:

  • 2018 Manship School Male Senior of the Year

Education:

  • Louisiana State University: Mass Communication

Recent Articles by Matt

  Bridge Center moves ahead with service provider

  Remembering Kathleen Blanco: Tributes pour in after former governor’s death

  Portion of Comite Diversion Canal project delayed

  Metro council begins hearing input on local constitution re-write

  Veteran pollster paints bleak picture for Louisiana Democrats

  BREC offers sneak peek at Baton Rouge Zoo renovation plans

  Livingston Parish school enrollment passes pre-flood total for first time

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  Louisiana’s first medical marijuana patient checks out in Baton Rouge

  College Baseball Hall of Fame induction coming to Baton Rouge, so could a museum be next?

  First Louisiana veteran to receive approved marijuana treatment on Tuesday

  State considering fronting cash for Baton Rouge drainage projects

  New law prevents late student loan payments from costing Louisianans their jobs

  Bridge Center leaders offer new timeline, aiming for March open

  Neighbors blame company with history of delayed projects for new drainage issues

  Feds to resume executing death row inmates for first time since 2003

  Victim in fiery Siegen Lane crash was traveling grief counselor

  Missed garbage collection drastically reduced in EBR; homeowners say trash piles show otherwise

  First steps taken toward third Baton Rouge bridge

  Louisiana 'weeks’ away from medical marijuana rollout

  Driving with hazard lights during rain illegal, state police say

  New river models giving state a head start on storm preparation

  Louisiana National Guard preparing for weekend storms

Fraternity hazing trial continues; defense attempts to cast doubt on state’s story

  Treasurer to withhold some money approved in state budget

  False River boat parade turns to water balloon fight in yearly tradition

  St. George initiative could mean big changes for local schools

  Deadline for IBM to meet job quota passes

  Sen. Kennedy pushing to make generic drugs more accessible