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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Governor’s debate not short on small jabs between candidates

World Series winning Little League team treated at La. Governor’s Mansion

After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

‘Not one discriminatory bone in my body’ Rep. Ralph Abraham says about campaign ad

Victim in fiery Siegen Lane crash was traveling grief counselor

Louisiana 'weeks’ away from medical marijuana rollout

Louisiana National Guard preparing for weekend storms

Safe to Swim? LDH monitoring beaches for harmful bacteria

Ex-frat brother in Gruver hazing death allegedly deleted hundreds of cell phone files; will face obstruction charges

Two arrested after BREC park brawl with referee over basketball foul calls

Over 300 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana, LDH says

Former head of OLOL Foundation pleads guilty in embezzlement scheme; 2 former LSU players now wrapped up in drama

Gov. signs state budget with $200 million more for education

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

Lawmakers approve new minimum marriage age in Louisiana

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

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

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

Sports betting bill advances in state capitol

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.