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.
Monday, December 9 2013 6:09 PM EST2013-12-09 23:09:13 GMT
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Monday was judgment day for a southern Indiana man convicted of killing a mother of five. Ronald Shewmaker learned his sentence for Lisa McQuirt's murder Monday afternoon andMore >>
On an early February 2013 morning, he went to the home where she was hanging out with friends and then shot McQuirt four times when she came to the door.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 9:37 PM EST2013-12-06 02:37:44 GMT
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - It's a crime most of us can't comprehend: an Elizabethtown mother is accused of trying to sell her baby not once, but twice. Police and prosecutors in Hardin County were baffledMore >>
It's a crime most of us can't comprehend: an Elizabethtown mother is accused of trying to sell her baby not once, but twice.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 5:20 PM EST2013-12-04 22:20:26 GMT
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A mystery is floating around Bullitt County that someone out there might have the key to solving. It involves a family heirloom from a time long past that some Kentuckiana residentsMore >>
A mystery is floating around Bullitt County that someone out there might have the key to solving. It involves a family heirloom from a time long past that some Kentuckiana residents would really like to see back in the hands of the rightful owners.More >>
Friday, November 29 2013 7:11 PM EST2013-11-30 00:11:47 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville is playing host to some talented visitors. Twenty groups are in town to be a part of the first Sing 'N' Joy, which is a competition for choirs from all over the world. It'sMore >>
Louisville is playing host to some talented visitors. Twenty groups are in town to be a part of the first Sing 'N' Joy, which is a competition for choirs from all over the world.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:02 PM EST2013-11-27 23:02:44 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The name Peter Grignon will forever bring to mind the sacrifices police officers make protecting the community. The Louisville Metro Police officer was shot in the line ofMore >>
"On a cold, wet March morning four shots sliced through the silent streets of Louisville. Three bullets struck the officer's head and one hit his throat."More >>
Tuesday, November 26 2013 7:42 PM EST2013-11-27 00:42:32 GMT
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A local sheriff's office making sure you have the all information out there to protect your family and it is putting it at your fingertips. Some of us would be amazed at theMore >>
A local sheriff's office making sure you have the all information out there to protect your family and it is putting it at your fingertipsMore >>
Friday, November 22 2013 6:39 PM EST2013-11-22 23:39:14 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The value of scrap metal means a lot of dishonest people are trading in stuff that's not theirs for cash. Now, Louisville Metro Police are seeing an unfortunate new trend. ThoseMore >>
The value of scrap metal means a lot of dishonest people are trading in stuff that's not theirs for cash. Now, Louisville Metro Police are seeing an unfortunate new trend. Those thieves are targeting cemeteries to find the scrap.More >>
Wednesday, November 20 2013 11:00 PM EST2013-11-21 04:00:15 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The stakes couldn't be much higher, and the cargo couldn't be more precious. Hundreds of thousands of children ride school buses in our area every day, which is why when one ofMore >>
Parents want to know: What's going on aboard JCPS buses? Are they crashing too frequently?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 >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 12:36 AM EST2013-12-10 05:36:37 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Firefighters are working to put out a fire that started in a New Albany business. According to New Albany dispatchers, they received a call about the fire at Sam's Food and Spirits,More >>
According to New Albany dispatchers, they received a call about the fire at Sam's Food and Spirits, located in the 3800 block of Payne Koehler Road, just before midnight on Monday.More >>