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

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

No changes planned for Baton Rouge parades in light of Mardi Gras deaths in New Orleans

Barn Hill Preserve flies out to Australia; how you can help wildlife recovery efforts

John Bel Edwards sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

Rep. Schexnayder elected as La. House speaker

LSU gear flying off shelves ahead of national championship

Baton Rouge homeless population on edge following three homicides; killer at-large

St. Helena Parish deputy shoots, kills man who allegedly came to door with weapon

Team celebration may be short lived but LSU fans party on

Wetland growth near mouth of Atchafalaya gives hope of restoring Louisiana’s Mississippi Delta

Keep playing video games; SU Lab starts Esports team

Pictures of apparent overcrowding on Denham Springs school bus raise concerns over safety

More than $160k spent on American flag project in Iberville Parish

La. ATC begins accepting applications for alcohol home delivery

$28 million LSU locker room renovation sparks heated debate

Dogs evacuated due to Hurricane Barry now housed in a barn until homes can be found

Leaving dogs in hot vehicles for even a few minutes can be deadly

Rescued Terrytown dogs give offenders second chance to make a difference