Janelle MacDonald anchors WAVE 3 News at 5, 6 & 11 and also reports. She started her current position at the end of 2009. Janelle has been at WAVE 3 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, Louisiana. While at KPLC, she did just about every job in the newsroom, beginning as the producer for the morning show, 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 has 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 ... she's 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, who was released from prison after serving time for almost 15 years for a murder he didn't commit. Some of the other big stories she's covered here at WAVE during her career include the trials of David Camm and Charles Boney, the train derailment in Brooks, Kentucky as well as all the strange weather events that have hit our community. The stories she remembers most, however, involve people who have been helped by WAVE 3 and those who have shown their strength during trying times.
If you have a story you'd like to tell, Janelle would love to hear from you. Feel free to give her a call at the station or drop her an e-mail.
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, Texas Longhorns. Since coming to Louisville, Janelle ran the 2005 Derby Festival Marathon, as well as several mini-marathons. She also served as a volunteer in the ChildLife department at Kosair Children's Hospital and enjoys visiting schools and other organizations across Kentuckiana.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:35:46 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Each girl dreams of her special day. For Ashley Jewell the moment Dale Monteith, Junior popped the question only started a day she's been dreaming of for a long time. Dale knewMore >>
Each girl dreams of her special day. For Ashley Jewell the moment Dale Monteith, Junior popped the question only started a day she's been dreaming of for a long time.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:30 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:30:12 GMT
One town that knows all about rebuilding after a storm is Marysville, Indiana. At the time of the March 2, 2012 tornadoes, one law enforcement official said Marysville had been completely wiped off the map.More >>
One town that knows all about rebuilding after a storm is Marysville, Indiana. At the time of the March 2, 2012 tornadoes, one law enforcement official said Marysville had been completely wiped off the map. For those who remain, rebuilding has been slow and painful.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:20:21 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Multi-million dollar dreams are running through a lot of heads -- $600 million dollars worth of them. The Powerball jackpot Friday climbed to the highest ever in U.S. history, secondMore >>
The Powerball jackpot Friday climbed to $600 million, the highest ever in U.S. history and second highest ever in the world.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-16 23:16:15 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Very few of us would be comfortable with someone knowing our every move but privacy is a tradeoff. We give little bits of information about ourselves in exchange for security orMore >>
We give little bits of information about ourselves in exchange for security or convenience, but the amount of information out there may surprise you. Could it be that even our cars are spying on us?More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 4:59 PM EDT2013-05-14 20:59:57 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday a personal decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after learning she carried the genetic mutation that increase the risk ofMore >>
Actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday a personal decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after learning she carried the genetic mutation that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It's a deeply personal decision thousands of women face every year: whether to undergo the genetic testing and what to do if the results come back positive.More >>
Friday, May 10 2013 8:28 PM EDT2013-05-11 00:28:15 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man confessed to murder Friday but his son, who is also charged, is not off the hook. In an unscheduled hearing, Josh Gouker pled guilty to killing his 14 year old stepson TreyMore >>
A man confessed to murder Friday but his son, who is also charged, is not off the hook. In an unscheduled hearing, Josh Gouker pled guilty to killing his 14-year-old stepson, Trey Zwicker, and said his own son, who is also charged will beat the rap.More >>
Thursday, May 9 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-09 23:22:00 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - No matter where you go, once you've lived in Louisville it never really leaves you. Rebekah Gregory is finding that out. The Eastern High School graduate was ten feet from theMore >>
High school friends of Rebekah Gregory, who graduated from Louisville's Eastern High School, are planning a benefit to help pay for her medical bills and expenses after she was injured in Boston. More >>
Wednesday, May 8 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-09 01:08:04 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's a joyful week for the families in Cleveland of the three women who were missing but now have been found. Imagine what hundreds of people in Louisville must be feeling like.More >>
It's a joyful week for the families in Cleveland of the three women who were missing but now have been found. Imagine what hundreds of people in Louisville must be feeling like. They also have missing loved ones, and stories like the amazing, decade-in-the-making reunion give them hope when they're just trying to find closure with the help of a group of Louisville police officers.More >>
Tuesday, May 7 2013 6:13 PM EDT2013-05-07 22:13:08 GMT
Look around your house right now. Is it as secure as it should be? Check the locks because it's not just if you're using them but what kind of locks that are on your door that matter. A simple, inexpensiveMore >>
A simple, inexpensive fix to your deadbolt could mean the difference between a criminal choosing your home for a break-in and moving on to someone else, but you might not even know that you need to make it.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:10:07 GMT
FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Maybe you heard of the Kentucky juvenile justice worker who was accused of the rape and sodomy of a boy she was supposed to be counseling. What you didn't hear was that counselorMore >>
At the height of a budget crisis and service cutbacks in state government, a WAVE 3 News investigation found the state regularly pays employees not to work.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,More >>
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.More >>