Austin Kemker

Austin Kemker

WAFB Reporter

Baton Rouge, La.

Austin is a Memphis native. He grew up there, graduated from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers) and met his wife there.

After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism, Austin moved halfway across the country to Lubbock, Texas.

While in Lubbock, he covered numerous breaking news stories including the murder of a Texas Tech police officer on campus.

As far as stories, Austin says he likes a mix of hard news and features. He loves politics and when possible will try to find a story involving sports.

He is an avid cycler, you can probably catch him on his off days biking around town and a huge Memphis sports fan. If he’s not cycling he is likely looking for a great po boy or some other food that’s probably not too healthy.

Austin is eager to get involved in the community so if you have any volunteer opportunities feel free to reach out.


  • University of Memphis: Broadcast Journalism

Recent Articles by Austin

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  ‘We might lose her’ - Video from shrimp boat shows terrifying conditions off La. coast around the same time Seacor Power capsized

Staged sickout: 531 EBR teachers out Monday

  LSU football employee files $50M lawsuit against board of supervisors, Les Miles, and others

  Pres. Biden’s $2T infrastructure proposal includes money for Amtrak’s passenger train line connecting BR and NO

Despite slump in testing, Gov. Edwards, LDH confident COVID-19 rates remain lowest of pandemic

  Alleged victim of Derrius Guice claims Coach Orgeron contacted her to have Guice apologize

Crawfish are scarce, prices high this year in Louisiana

LSU students protest after admin only suspends two for violating Title IX

No, the COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID, doctors urge you to get vaccine

Watson Walmart not enforcing mask mandate, Subway employee says

AG Landry’s office arrests city councilman on alleged election fraud

LSU Interim President asks for patience while independent law firm investigates Title IX allegations

  Hurricane Laura evacuee and Brusly High junior finds success on field despite odds being stacked against him

  ‘Louisiana is in the third surge of this pandemic’: Gov. Edwards gives stern warning to residents one week before Thanksgiving holiday

Transition from oil and gas industry would potentially cripple Louisiana’s economy, leaving tens of thousands out of work

Donations raised, family showered in love after loss of 2-year-old son to gun violence

Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

Many evacuees still in Baton Rouge nearly a month after Hurricane Laura

Remembering Remy: The gentle giant off the field who was full of love

Hotels in Baton Rouge largely sold out as thousands evacuate Laura’s path

Seniors at La. healthcare facility looking for pen pals across the country

Non-profits stand to lose $1M in concession sales if Tiger Stadium is empty this fall

Judge denies injunction to halt Gov. Edwards’ mandates forcing bar closures

As renters struggle to make payments, landlords struggle to pay bills

  LSU tailgating diehards dreading the worst for college football season

  Casinos plan for reopening Monday; big changes on the way for gamblers

La. Office of State Fire Marshal issues guidelines for phased reopening of restaurant patios

Suspect accused of killing BRPD officer, critically wounding another previously threatened to kill officers

LSU advises against spring break travel amid coronavirus concerns; no confirmed cases at university