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

  LouCity FC stadium continues to rise despite wet winter

Optimism beats disappointment for Cards fans

  Nightly closures of Clark Memorial Bridge start back up for painting project

  MSD grinds away under Ohio River

  ‘Beloved’ KY bus driver accused of DUI makes first court appearance

  Bourbon boom meets rumblings in rural Shelby County

  No clear reason for ‘cluster’ of 2018 horse deaths at Churchill Downs

  Fischer halts city construction projects

  Grassroots teacher sickout continues to grow

KY experts join investigation into 21 horse deaths at Santa Anita

In radio interview, Bevin accuses Louisville leaders of ‘political theater’ over Passport Health

Fischer awaits public response to proposed insurance tax hike

  Bardstown doctor flies like a superhero in spectacular video

  Louisville doctor witnesses Vietnam’s rapid transformation

Unintended consequence of tax reform hits winners at the track

  UPDATE: Body found burned in West Louisville alley

  1968 Grateful Dead show at Bellarmine seems much more interesting 50 years later

  Fischer campaigns publicly for support of tax increase

  Mass shooting survivor Whitney Austin fights for state ‘Red Flag’ law

  Why do floods dump so much trash in Louisville and southern Indiana?