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 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

  After scrimmages and advice from other districts, JCPS ready for football

  Cardinal Stadium will open to fans with COVID procedures in place

  Will we do it differently this holiday to avoid a COVID surge?

  Even on Derby week, immigration is still top of mind for Dale Romans

  Chadwick Boseman’s death has doctors pushing younger adults to get screened for colon cancer

  Black horse owners who support BLM to take part in Kentucky Derby

  KDE gets 12K phone calls over fall sports meeting, some threats

  JCPS health advocate says teams must continue good work to keep playing

  Norton to treat COVID-19 patients with plasma in clinical trial

  UofL, Bellarmine promoting safety as other schools suspend in-person classes

  KHSAA approves fall sports schedule, needs final state approval

  New businesses opening in Louisville despite uncertain times

  Local sporting goods institution is hoping plan for fall sports sticks

  Coronavirus saliva test could be rolled out soon

  New committee has goal to remedy lack of Black-owned businesses, employees in NuLu

  Some NuLu businesses seek legal advice, others working on compromise with protesters

  Timeline: Crystal Rogers’ disappearance

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

  After one month, LouCity FC safety plan for live attendance is successful

  Latest Louisville carjacking victim fires back at suspect

  Restaurant employee suspended after fight over mask

  COVID School: The latest option for parents struggling with NTI

  Restaurant owner to Gov. Beshear: Punish rule breakers, not rule followers

  Football coaches thrilled to be able to start play September 11

  Teacher tutors hope to assist parents with NTI

Louisville Bats find a way to get fans back and renovate amid coronavirus