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

  Cards fans happy about Spectrum TV deal with ACC Network

  AG candidate Daniel Cameron on racial slur: ‘I’ve been called worse’

  Kentucky State Fair ready for the heat with plenty of water, AC

  Dedicated husband, father, coach killed in suspected DUI crash involving golf cart

  Teachers at JCPS’ Accelerated Improvement schools training for turnaround

  Parents react to JCPS board cutting school resource officers

  After mass shootings, looking for exit signs doesn’t mean you’re paranoid

  Back To School: Student health forms help fill doctors’ offices

  Big changes coming for two iconic Louisville businesses

  Owner of burned business says video appears to show lightning strike

  Survivor of McAlpine dam crash remembers friend

  Parents, community leaders upset over crossing-guard cuts just before new school year

  Crime Watch: 24 cars stolen in Louisville in 48 hours

  Protests not a worry for area youth team headed to Puerto Rico

  Update: Officials find third body in LaRue Co. death investigation

  Heat leads JCPS to cancel outdoor activities, other camps work around it

  How much water do you need in the heat? Follow the 10 X 10 rule, Louisville experts say

  Bold thieves hit VFW twice in same night

  Ordinance seeks to reduce pedestrian accidents, panhandling

  LMPD investigating possible random shooting that struck woman’s car on Gene Snyder

  Renewed push for fresh tenant in old Doc’s Cantina property

  Dream trip turns into nightmare for Louisville lawyer’s family, friends

  Waterfront Development director to retire following 33 years of service

  Officer, motorcyclist involved in crash in Beechmont neighborhood

  KY Supreme Court chase case may have influenced LMPD settlement

  Record rain leads to development, construction delays around Louisville

  Scream Machine leaving Louisville, claims high waters sank business

  Kentucky Center construction going strong through popular show schedule

  Northeast Regional Library taking over for Middletown, ready to wow visitors

  Construction of revitalized Beecher Terrace well underway