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

  Nearly 300 hepatitis A cases reported in Louisiana since Jan. 2018

  Medicaid projected to cost Louisiana $400 million less than expected

  Former OLOL foundation president makes first court appearance, waives right to grand jury

  EBR drainage projects stalled, even with federal dollars available

  Lawmakers approve new minimum marriage age in Louisiana

  Louisiana legislature adjourns, and some lawmakers aren’t coming back

  Session comes to an end with passage of budget including raises for teachers

  Louisiana scientists accused of stealing trade secrets from renowned Baton Rouge Water Institute

  Lawmakers approve industrial hemp, CBD product regulations

  Levees in south Louisiana in ‘good shape’ despite high river

  House committee approves governor’s version of K-12 formula

  La. lawmakers approve fetal heartbeat abortion ban

  Bill to legalize sports betting dead in state capitol

  State budget expected to advance Monday with education amendments

  Bill to build LA 415 connector speeding through legislature

  House approves bill to add HOV lanes to I-12 between Walker, split

  Bill that would have raised smoking age to 21 in La. killed

  Sports betting bill advances in state capitol

Bill that would allow La. farmers to grow hemp heads to Senate

  Bill to exempt diapers, feminine hygiene products from sales tax one step from law

  Gas tax hike dead in state legislature

  Lawmakers aim to raise smoking age in La., but with exception for military, first responders, law enforcement

  Recreational marijuana bill not dead in Louisiana Legislature

  Bill would make prosecuting hazing cases easier

  Beer to your front door? Alcohol delivery bills advance in legislature.

  Could inspection stickers be a thing of the past?

  House committee approves bill to put up ‘Home of the Who Dat Nation’ signs on I-10

  Gov. hopes Senate will makes changes to budget passed in House

  Officer seen punching man in video previously suspended; man charged with battery, resisting

  BRPD holds emotional ceremony to remember fallen officers