Janelle MacDonald anchors WAVE 3 News at 5:30 and 7 p.m.and also reports. She started her current position as a weeknight anchor at the end of 2009. Janelle has been at WAVE 3 News since 2004 when she was hired as our weekend anchor and reporter during the week.
Janelle started her career at our Raycom sister station KPLC in Lake Charles, LA. While at KPLC, she did just about every job in the newsroom, beginning as the morning show producer, then moving on to reporting and anchoring. She also served as the station's news director for a short time.
Janelle is a native of Louisiana, so in coming to Louisville, she found a new home, and since she's been here, she hasn't found one thing she doesn't like about the city (except maybe the cold -- Janelle is used to the warm, humid weather of the swamps). She has enjoyed exploring Kentuckiana, getting to know the people in this area and making Louisville her home.
Janelle says her love for news is simple. It's getting to know someone new every day when going out on a story. It's also being the person you trust to tell your stories.
One of the stories she's most proud of is the story of Kerry Porter. He was released from prison after serving almost 15 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Some of the other big stories she's covered here at WAVE 3 News include the trials of David Camm and Charles Boney, the train derailment in Brooks, KY and the strange weather events that have hit our community. The stories she remembers most, however, involve people who have been helped by WAVE 3 News and those who have shown their strength during trying times.
In her spare time, Janelle enjoys running, reading, catching up with all of her family and friends spread across the country and cheering on her alma mater, the University of Texas Longhorns. Since coming to Louisville, Janelle has run the 2005 Derby Festival Marathon and several mini-marathons. She also served as a volunteer in the ChildLife department at Kosair Children's Hospital, and she enjoys visiting schools and other organizations across Kentuckiana.
Thursday, April 17 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:54:13 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A pedophile priest convicted of crimes committed decades ago was sentenced to 15 years Thursday, but Father James Schook is still not behind bars. Like so many things in this case,More >>
A pedophile priest convicted of crimes committed decades ago was sentenced to 15 years Thursday, but Father James Schook is still not behind bars.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:32:39 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Male High School student took her life shortly after posting a video online. The video remained online for a lot of the day Tuesday, even though the school system, law enforcementMore >>
A Male High School student took her life shortly after posting a video online. Unfortunately, teenage suicides are more common than you might think. Seven Counties Services, a behavioral health agency, said there were three times more suicides than homicides in Louisville in 2012 and Kentucky ranks number two in teenage suicide.More >>
Friday, April 11 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:00:53 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At WAVE 3 News, we've been planning for Thunder for four months! The plan includes camera angles you've never seen, areas we've never been to, and this year all of you at homeMore >>
All day, we'll be watching your Tweets and Instagram and Facebook posts, making you a part of our coverage. More >>
Thursday, April 10 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:39:55 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A memo from the FBI leaked Wednesday warned of a gang of kids, mainly middle school students, from in and around the Louisville area. That gang, it said, started at Frost MiddleMore >>
This is not the first time Frost Middle School has been in the news. It has a history of troubles. Just this year, it's had three interim principals and an audit found low expectations and lessons that were not engaging, but if the FBI's information is true, these problems are at a whole new level.More >>
Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:51:28 GMT
It's the biggest scam to ever hit the IRS and it's hitting big cities like Louisville especially hard. The tax agency is so concerned that a spokesman stopped by WAVE 3 News hoping to put a stop to this especiallyMore >>
It's the biggest scam to ever hit the IRS and it's hitting big cities like Louisville especially hard. The tax agency is so concerned that a spokesman stopped by WAVE 3 News, hoping to put a stop to this especially devious scam. When you hear it, you might be surprised how easily it could get you too.More >>
Thursday, April 3 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:47:52 GMT
MADISON, IN (WAVE) - For anyone who lives in Kentuckiana older than age 45, the events of April 3 & 4, 1974 sticks in the mind. That's when not only Kentuckiana, but a big chunk of the country, found itselfMore >>
For anyone who lives in Kentuckiana older than age 45, the events of April 3 & 4, 1974 sticks in the mind. That's when not only Kentuckiana, but a big chunk of the country, found itself in the path of a super outbreak of tornadoes. More than 300 people died, including 77 in Kentucky and 49 in Indiana. Eleven of those killed in southern Indiana would not be forgotten on a day that many would rather not remember.More >>
Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-02 22:15:38 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Now that the weather looks like it's made a permanent turn away from the sub-freezing, crews are busy all over Kentuckiana patching the damage left behind. Potholes have becomeMore >>
Now that the weather looks like it's made a permanent turn away from the sub-freezing, crews are busy all over Kentuckiana patching the damage left behind.More >>
Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-03-26 22:45:10 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - When a grand jury decided not to indict a man originally arrested for assault and tampering with physical evidence, whose charges were later upgraded to murder after stabbing thatMore >>
When a grand jury decided not to indict a man originally arrested for assault and tampering with physical evidence, whose charges were later upgraded to murder after stabbing that resulted in the death of a 14-year-old on a TARC bus, it was due to Kentucky's laws regarding self defense. It's not the first time the law has been used in a high-profile murder case, but that doesn't make them any less complicated.More >>
Monday, March 24 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-03-24 23:24:58 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – She is Louisville's champion and is back at home after taking Sochi by storm and taking home two medals. Paralympic athlete Oksana Masters dreams of even more. If you knew theMore >>
She is Louisville's champion and is back at home after taking Sochi by storm and bringing home two medals. Paralympic athlete Oksana Masters dreams of even more.More >>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:09:44 GMT
Donna McLendon took 20 pills in an attempt to end her life. She said she could no longer deal with the pain and rage of being sexually molested beginning at age 9. After Donna swallowed her pills she becameMore >>
It all came to a head for Donna McLendon, in mid-February, after an all-consuming rage took over after years of childhood trauma that started when Donna was just 9-years-old.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:18:08 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Police say a man upset about the end of his relationship chased his ex-girlfriend's car and threw a wrench through a window. An arrest warrant says on April 9 Sebastian Lee James,More >>
According to an arrest warrant, Sebastian Lee James, Sr. was upset about the end of the relationship.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:00:21 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro police arrested a woman on domestic violence charges after the victim said she used a hammer and a shovel to hit him. Officers were called to the 3300 block ofMore >>
Louisville Metro police said the man may have a broken arm.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:42:53 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville woman is facing a number of charges after she broke into an apartment and cut a person while looking for alcohol. Louisville Metro police arrested Crystal R. Noble,More >>
According to LMPD, alcohol was the reason Crystal Noble got into an altercation with another person that left to the cutting. More >>
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