Matt Houston

Matt Houston

WAFB 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.”

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  • 2018 Manship School Male Senior of the Year


  • Louisiana State University: Mass Communication

Recent Articles by Matt

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  La. Lawmakers nearing compromise on ‘qualified immunity’ change

  Mayor Broome, BRPD Chief asks judge to release body camera footage of incident involving juvenile

  Louisiana’s improving virus outlook not driven by increased immunity, doctors say

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  Louisiana economy recovering from pandemic faster than expected, experts say

  Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy vote to dismiss impeachment

  While state flattens COVID-19 curve, Baton Rouge lags behind

  Thousands use stimulus checks to buy cars during pandemic

  First state budget draft likely to include cuts to higher education, health care

  President-elect Biden’s COVID plan includes tax cuts for parents

  Why La. is not implementing mass COVID-19 vaccinations yet

  U.S. Army awards LSU $10 million for climate change research

  La. breaks records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations same day Gov. Edwards holds first news conference of 2021

  Employers no longer required to give employees paid sick leave for COVID-19

  Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy split on Wednesday vote to certify Biden victory

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  Gov. Edwards, Admiral Giroir outline plan for distributing COVID-19 vaccine in La.

  What the latest proposed COVID-19 relief package means for La.

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  LDH officials say virus spreading in many different ways, including at small family gatherings

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