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

  Families fear drug shortage could derail cancer fight

  One Park gets green light from Planning Commission

  Lawsuits filed against two health care facilities claiming sexual abuse

  Reformulated gas up for discussion with air pollution control in November

  Homeowner’s attempt to warm up house leads to its loss

  Tests ongoing in Ohio River as Ironman Louisville looms

  Low water and burn ban double trouble for Shelby County lake

  Planning commission to hold public meeting to discuss the future for One Park

  Neighbors upset by Trifesta music noise can call new public hotline

  Possible animal poisoning investigated at Beecher Terrace construction site

  Bipartisan support for impeachment unlikely

  Eastern Parkway neighbors concerned about traffic, trees in study

  In the fight of her life, Assumption High School lacrosse player exemplifies courage, respect for team

5th Annual WISH Awards honors best of women’s athletics

  Following Conrad’s comments, officers, experts consider who’s responsible for morale

Pitino gets $0 for 67th birthday, sports watchers think coaching is the reason

  Louisville couple injured in Las Vegas hot air balloon crash

  Vet says ‘zero chance’ drug found in Justify’s system would be given before race

  Crystal Rogers’ family questions timing of Bourbon Festival, removal of signs

  Rick Pitino returns to Louisville, aims to reclaim $38.7 million from contract voided after 2017 termination

  Southeast Christian continues expansion with Shelby County campus

  2 caught in antiques ring bust, more arrests coming

  Missing Mom Facebook page taken down temporarily after troll harassment

  Louisville woman trying to support friends devastated by Dorian

  High weed pollen levels have plenty of folks sneezing, coughing

  Klan ‘cleansing’ scheduled in Madison following KKK rally, ‘kookout’

  Prospect residents say illegal parties at housing site make them fearful of developer

YouTube video leads to additional charges against 2 suspects

  After manslaughter deal, suspect’s request for probation angers victim’s family

  Thousands raised in minutes as press conference turns into fundraiser