David Mattingly

David Mattingly is a Louisville native, attended Seneca High School and now anchors the 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. newscasts at WAVE 3 News. He is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist with decades of experience reporting domestically and abroad. But no assignment has ever made him happier than coming home to the city where he was born and working at the station he grew up watching. It took David a long time to find his way back to Louisville. For 23 years he had a front-row seat to history as a CNN National Correspondent reporting on many of the most important and most talked about news stories of our time: The Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, Virginia Tech shootings, Columbine and Aurora, the Scott Peterson trial, Gore vs. Bush, the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, the BP Gulf oil spill, the Casey Anthony trial, the Boston Marathon bombings, ebola, Mississippi floods, the D.C. sniper, the Miracle on the Hudson, the Ferguson riots and more. In addition to countless newsmakers and celebrities, David has interviewed, covered or met every U.S. President from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump. He has earned a reputation as a challenging interviewer as well as a provocative and compelling storyteller. David is known for his signature "in-the-moment" style of reporting that draws on moments of unguarded spontaneity. Prior to CNN, David was an award-winning anchor, reporter and documentary producer at WVTM, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., where he worked for 10 years and developed one of the country's first environmental reporting franchises, a groundbreaking series called "EarthSave." David was inspired to become a journalist by the Watergate scandal and the work of Washington Post correspondents Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. "They deeply influenced my view of the profession and the need for journalists who are not afraid to ask hard questions," David says. "I look for any opportunity to instill that same sense of purpose in new generations who are curious about the world around them and eager to make it better." So far, David's travels have taken him more than a million miles, to all 50 states and more than 20 countries. His work for CNN has been featured by filmmakers in internationally released movies and by nationally syndicated programs, including Oprah and the Barbara Walters Special. David is committed to mentoring young reporters and is a popular speaker at journalism schools, including his alma mater, the University of Alabama.

Recent Articles by David

  Government shutdown putting stress on area businesses

Gov. Holcomb calls for Indiana hate crimes law

Odds of dying from an opioid overdose surpass traffic accidents

On first day, big issues arise for 2019 KY legislators

Will the third time be the charm for pension reform in 2019?

Equipment arrives to retrieve sunken barges

Anticipation pumps new life into old rivalry for Cards fans

Inadequate emergency lanes demand greater caution from drivers

Real life Grinch steals Grinch who stole Christmas

Clark County family experiences the season of giving after illness and injury

Former WWll Naval officer salutes fellow women vets

Bourbon keeps booming with two new planned distilleries

Mother, attorney of beaten LMDC inmate demand changes

Red Cross party for fire victims delivers smiles and cheer

For craft distillers, tariffs make finding European customers tough

Teens in foster care displaced by fire at Klondike neighborhood apartment building

Local brands sell big on Cyber Monday

Small Business Saturday is time in the retail spotlight for local shops

Mother devastated by violence tries to bring new life to a “cold” case

Juice Bowl 2018 expected to continue strong community support