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

  Reminder: COVID-19 isn’t taking a day off on July 4

  Family of Jefferson Square murder suspect says his mental illness crushed two families

  JCPS resumes practice for fall sports with safety precautions

  Doctors: Social distancing, masks are back to school staples

  Kentucky Primary voters say #AllEyesOnKentucky message is misguided

  Family living coronavirus nightmare urges public safety

  Norton expands immediate care access in Shelby County

  Booker getting big crowds and endorsements in final push

  Current and former LMPD officers to mayor: ‘We are under attack’

  Simmons College, KSU announce plan to address racial inequity

Doctors say larger crowds are one reason behind increase in Kentucky’s coronavirus cases

  California company signs on to develop UofL COVID-19 research

  WHO says comments on asymptomatic coronavirus transmission was a misunderstanding

  One of Kentucky’s largest fitness providers ready for Monday reopening

  Kentucky nail salons reopen with customers and owners ready for safe pampering

  Holiday social distancing being practiced depending on where you look

  Kentucky restaurants reopen

  More COVID-19 testing becomes available from Norton

  Malls, retailers reopen to small, but steady, crowds of shoppers

Malls and other retailers prepare to reopen to customers Wednesday

  Wagering impressive at Churchill Downs as racing resumes

  Live racing to resume at Churchill Downs without fans

  Norton Children’s Hospital offers coronavirus helpline

  Groups, coaches hoping governor’s office will consider opening pools

  Bike sales and service economic bright spot during coronavirus

  Indiana business owners anxious but excited for reopening

  Doctors performing elective surgeries form new routine

  Nurse and nurse practitioner helping in NYC believe they made a difference

  Meat shortage is a concern but not worry yet for local burger business

  Parents and kids hoping for day camps will have to wait