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Kent Taylor

Kent Taylor took over as just the fourth 11 o'clock sports anchor in WAVE 3 history in January of 2002. He was named "Kentucky TV Sportscaster of the Year" by the Associated Press in 2008, 2009 and 2012. In 2013 he was voted "Best Sports Reporter" by Louisville Magazine.

Kent joined WAVE in July of 2000, after working six years as a Sports Reporter/Photographer at WLKY.

He has been covering sports in his hometown since 1994. Kent has covered every Kentucky Derby since 1994, UK's 1996 National Championship, UofL's trip to the Final Four in 2005, UofL's 2005 trip to the Gator Bowl, UofL's 2006 Orange Bowl win, , Western Kentucky's 2002 NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship, the 2001 Brickyard 400, and UK's trip to the 1998 Outback Bowl. He was in New Orleans for the historic Final Four meeting between the Cats and Cards in March of 2012, and was court side as UK won it's 8th National Championship.

He covered UofL's Sugar Bowl win over Florida, and the Cards NCAA Championship run, leaving Atlanta after the men's team beat Michigan in the title game, making it back to New Orleans for the women's title game match up with Connecticut.

Kent also was there when Rick Pitino and the Cards visited President Barack Obama in the White House.

He spent three weeks in Salt Lake City in 2002, covering the Winter Olympics. He has traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to cover the Preakness Stakes and Elmont, New York for the Belmont Stakes. 

Kent was the front man for WAVE's coverage of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club. The program, "A Victory for Valhalla," was named "Best Sports Special" by the Associated Press.

"Touchdown Friday Night," our high school football show, was named "Best Prep Sports Show" by the Associated Press in 2012. Kent produces and anchors the show.

He writes a weekly column for the Voice-Tribune, and has also served as the play-by-play voice of the Arena 2 Louisville Fire and was a sideline reporter on ESPNU for two UofL football spring games.

Since 2010, he has served as the host of "The Scotty Davenport Show" for Bellarmine basketball head coach Scotty Davenport. In 2010-11, the Knights won the Division II National Championship.

Kent is on the selection committee for the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame.

A native Louisvillian, Kent graduated from St. Margaret Mary, St. Xavier High School, and Miami (Ohio). He is married to WAVE 3 Anchor Connie Leonard. They have a daughter, Emerson, and live in the Highlands.

You can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/KentTaylorWAVE

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