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

  Despite Kentucky Rep. Massie’s objection, $2 trillion stimulus bill passes

  Kentucky lawmakers try to finish budget amid honking horns

  ISP: Don’t believe social media fear over stay-at-home order

  Trucking companies, drivers working hard to get products on shelves

  2 JCPS teachers offer advice on how to successfully homeschool kids during closure

Metro Council approves $2.7 million One Louisville contribution to help those affected by the coronavirus

  Customers line up for haircuts as Kentucky stylists are forced to shut down

  Reality of carry-out, delivery-only options at Louisville restaurants sinking in

  Bars, restaurants scrambling after all in-person dining ordered to stop

  Church leaders preach prayer, private worship over public services

  As Humana reports preliminary coronavirus case, other companies remain cautious

  JCPS works to keep schools clean amid coronavirus threat

  Wildlife in Need operator says inspection seemed fair, thorough

  Coronavirus concerns cancel spring break cruise for Louisville group

  Doctors treating asthma getting calls and questions about coronavirus

  Fort Knox soldier nails ‘The Voice’ auditions, picks Nick Jonas as coach for his daughters

  Talks continue for tourism development of Highway 245 corridor

  Expert: Don’t panic over coronavirus and your financial future

  Fairdale church victimized by catalytic converter thief

Family Foundation wants AG to investigate UofL’s OB/GYN training program

Federal harassment lawsuit against American Heart Association starts next month

  Coronavirus sparks questions, but flu remains top concern in Kentucky

  Senate Bill 8: Beshear to require schools to arm resource officers

  ‘We lost a baby’: Mother’s family emotional after baby dies following crash

  Madison, Ind., police, school officials investigate as more students, teachers hospitalized

  Indiana racing family sends support to former competitor Ryan Newman

  Wildlife In Need operator stands his ground amid threat of closure

  Valentine’s Day letter explains man’s gift of love

  Days after mother and son are killed, fire breaks out again at same apartment complex

  Business owners, employees near Fort Knox excited for new Army HQs