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

  Many business owners welcome enforcement of COVID-19 compliance

  CDC hopes new guidelines mean changes to your Thanksgiving

  Health providers preparing for cold storage of COVID vaccine

  Study of COVID treatment Quellor has first patient at Louisville hospital

  Election results are actually coming in as expected

  Kentucky volunteers needed for phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial

  McConnell fields questions over President Trump’s election comments

  Amy McGrath remains hopeful as Election Day nears

  Creative minds offer plenty of safe Halloween options

  Restaurant, small business associations make plea to lawmakers

  Restaurant operators say coronavirus recommendations bring uncertainty

  FDA approval may make COVID patients more comfortable with remdesivir

  Kentucky state treasurer applauded and criticized for executive order report

  Kentucky parents anxious and hopeful about rising COVID-19 cases

  COVID-19 vaccine distribution dependent on multiple factors

  New COVID-19 oral rinse may be good option for kids, seniors

  Small gatherings leading to more COVID cases, prompting families to shrink their holiday plans

  Rapid tests for COVID-19 useful, but not always accurate

  Grand Jury: Several officers say they knocked, announced before Breonna Taylor raid

  Fast access to flu shots popular in Kentucky

  First presidential debate leaves heads shaking in Louisville

  Grand juror’s motion in Breonna Taylor case a ‘stunning development’

  Calls continue for release of information in Breonna Taylor case

  2 investigations still open in Breonna Taylor case

  Some JCPS schools make travel changes awaiting Breonna Taylor decision

  Experts warn now not the time to let guard down in coronavirus fight

  JCPS ready for TDFN with safety protocols in place

  Restaurants bouncing back with outdoor seating concerned about short autumn, harsh winter

  Some LMPD reforms could help police and community trust again

  Parents getting Head Start help with virtual learning