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

  JCPS 14-day cushion helping teachers with symptoms after second dose of vaccine

  Restaurant, bar owners say 10-percent capacity change is not what they need

  UofL breaks ground on new ‘Denny Crum Hall’ dormitories

  Louisville nurse and CEO vital in vaccine distribution and development

  Doctors, trial volunteers excited about Johnson & Johnson vaccine

  Some parents worried about JCPS board vote on in-person classes

  Doctors seeing younger patients with more symptoms than older adults following 2nd vaccine shot

  Young performers fundraise for non-profit hit hard by pandemic

  Homeless being housed at WoodSpring Suites in Louisville

AMPED Russell Tech Business Incubator helps Black businesses succeed

  Businesses facing pandemic hurdles have extra challenge with winter weather

  Snow day versus NTI takes parents, students by surprise

  Winter weather makes driving dangerous in Louisville area

  Winter weather essentials you need to be prepared for what falls

  Independent contractors working for bars and restaurants face more setbacks

  50+ years later, Louisville woman’s generosity helps Black football team get state title recognition

  New hospital to bring jobs and rehab access to east Jefferson County

  Multi-million dollar settlements reached against MSD, former driver after death of LMPD detective

  Louisvillian in Johnson and Johnson trial gets welcome surprise

CDC research: Schools safe for students, staff with COVID-19 protocols

  Thunder, Pegasus Parade happening in 2021 without crowds

  New cases of COVID-19 variants causing sickness in athletics

  Multiple date changes a recurring theme for couples marrying during pandemic

  Vaccine especially memorable for one Catholic schools staffer

  Emotions brought on by change of power better handled by changing focus, counselor says

  Medical leaders say second dose of vaccine key to immunity

  Murder charges dropped against man in Shively woman’s death

  Feds recommend adding those 65 and over to vaccine rollout

  Former WAVE 3 sports anchor among first veterans to get COVID-19 vaccine

  Despite pandemic, Louisville tech company expanding hair business