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

  Youth helmet law intent is awareness, not fines

  Snow and fun return to Paoli Peaks

  Is Blue Monday, the ‘most miserable day of the year’, real?

  Town hall meetings set to discuss school safety referendum

  Testing labs for hemp, CBD products may need DEA certification

  Kentucky sports betting passes first hurdle

  UofL baseball coach says advances in technology will only worsen cheating in sports

  Lawn equipment worth thousands of dollars stolen from both a business and a non-profit

  From ear infection remedy to booming business: New Albany mom talks The Elderberry Company

  Louisville man with family in Iran hoping tensions fade: ‘A lot of innocent people are involved’

  Highlands businesses likely to talk about security at next meeting

  Man’s friends question his death at Highlands bar

  Radcliff store seeks Guinness World Record for 6,000-pound pocketknife

  Deer dies 2 weeks after being wounded by arrow near Cherokee Park

  Jury awards $10.5 million to woman who had surgical sponge left in body

  Popular owner of Loop Barber Shop to sell business, retire

  Critics react to Matt Bevin’s pardon comments

  Weather leads to delay in Louisville’s new off-track betting site

  ‘It’s the worst mistake I’ve ever made’: Mom grateful for daughter’s rescue after man stole car with child inside

  Community activists pardoned by Bevin

  Heart outweighs soul at Big Mommas on Christmas Day

  Friends of Thorntons clerk killed relieved after arrest, hopeful second suspect is found

  Scare at airport leads bomb squad to send in robot

  Delivery drivers, dispatchers stress safety after UPS driver killed

  Victims of former LMPD officer frustrated with ruling to dismiss civil cases

  Man murdered outside Louisville business near Thanksgiving just like his sister years earlier

  30-year-old non-smoker discusses battle with stage 4 lung cancer

  Wind and rain could cause issues for holiday travelers

  Arrest made in 38-year-old cold case, man charged with rape

  More women identified as victims of tanning salon video voyeur