Connie Leonard

Connie Leonard

Connie grew up in Elizabethtown, KY, working in her father's grocery store. Every night when it was slow, she would read the Sports section of The Courier-Journal from front to back to pass the time, and sports became an obsession!

Connie's first job was at the Campbellsville, KY Fox affiliate, WGRB-TV, where she served as news director and anchor. She then moved on to WLKY-TV here in Louisville as a news reporter before joining WAVE 3 as a news and sports reporter. She later became our weekend anchor and now co-anchors WAVE 3 News at 7 p.m. with Scott Reynolds and reports for WAVE 3 News.

Connie, a graduate of East Hardin High School and Western Kentucky University, has traveled extensively for WAVE 3 News, covering the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. She has provided extensive NCAA Tournament coverage of Indiana University, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. Connie covered Kentucky's football battle with Penn State in the Outback Bowl, traveled with Tim Couch to New York when he was nominated for the Heisman Trophy and visited Boise State with the Louisville Cardinals in the Humanitarian Bowl. She even followed former UofL football coach John L. Smith to Pamplona, Spain for the Running of the Bulls. Connie has covered numerous Kentucky Derbys and traveled to Gulf Stream Park in 1999 for the Breeders' Cup. She also brought us live reports from the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY in 1999 for Charismatic's failed bid for the Triple Crown.

Connie's in-depth sports interviews have spanned sports greats from the likes of coach Pat Riley to "the monster mash." Two of her many Emmy wins have come in "Sports Reporting" categories. Connie says the best sports stories are with local athletes who may or may not end up becoming big stars. Connie has been married to WAVE 3 Sports Director Kent Taylor since 1999. Their daughter Emerson was born in 2012.

Recent Articles by Connie

  Community activists pardoned by Bevin

  Heart outweighs soul at Big Mommas on Christmas Day

  Friends of Thorntons clerk killed relieved after arrest, hopeful second suspect is found

  Scare at airport leads bomb squad to send in robot

  Delivery drivers, dispatchers stress safety after UPS driver killed

  Victims of former LMPD officer frustrated with ruling to dismiss civil cases

  Man murdered outside Louisville business near Thanksgiving just like his sister years earlier

  30-year-old non-smoker discusses battle with stage 4 lung cancer

  Wind and rain could cause issues for holiday travelers

  Arrest made in 38-year-old cold case, man charged with rape

  More women identified as victims of tanning salon video voyeur

Louisville wedding photographer files suit to refuse same-sex couples

  Drivers and their cars getting clobbered in deer collisions

  Facebook post helps owner find truck that delivers meals to seniors

  High insulin costs striking fear among those with diabetes

Major gift, partnership aimed at helping military families

  KY’s youngest black lawmaker eyeing possible Senate run

  Kroger shooting: Woman says shooter went through her wallet

  Couple turned away at the polls: ‘It wasn’t an issue’

  Lawmaker: Bevin should show significant fraud or move on

  Teen killed on I-64 struggled with recent death of her brother

  Drug roundup puts more than 50 in jail

  Bevin campaigning hard to stay in governor’s mansion

  College faculty member held by women in park, charged with indecent exposure

  Man sentenced to life in crash that killed 2 teens

  22 charged in retail crime blitz

  Hearing for man who admitted to raping child moved to January

  Testimony continues in trial of man who caused deadly crash after police chase

  Former LMPD officers expected to take plea deal amid federal wire fraud charges

  Police in Terry Whitehouse case: Hammer believed to be murder weapon