David Mattingly

David Mattingly

David Mattingly is a Louisville native, attended Seneca High School and now anchors the 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. newscasts at WAVE 3 News.

He is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist with decades of experience reporting domestically and abroad. But no assignment has ever made him happier than coming home to the city where he was born and working at the station he grew up watching.

It took David a long time to find his way back to Louisville. For 23 years he had a front-row seat to history as a CNN National Correspondent reporting on many of the most important and most talked about news stories of our time:

The Sept. 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, Virginia Tech shootings, Columbine and Aurora, the Scott Peterson trial, Gore vs. Bush, the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, the BP Gulf oil spill, the Casey Anthony trial, the Boston Marathon bombings, ebola, Mississippi floods, the D.C. sniper, the Miracle on the Hudson, the Ferguson riots and more.

In addition to countless newsmakers and celebrities, David has interviewed, covered or met every U.S. President from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump. He has earned a reputation as a challenging interviewer as well as a provocative and compelling storyteller. David is known for his signature "in-the-moment" style of reporting that draws on moments of unguarded spontaneity.

Prior to CNN, David was an award-winning anchor, reporter and documentary producer at WVTM, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., where he worked for 10 years and developed one of the country's first environmental reporting franchises, a groundbreaking series called "EarthSave."

David was inspired to become a journalist by the Watergate scandal and the work of Washington Post correspondents Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

"They deeply influenced my view of the profession and the need for journalists who are not afraid to ask hard questions," David says. "I look for any opportunity to instill that same sense of purpose in new generations who are curious about the world around them and eager to make it better."

So far, David's travels have taken him more than a million miles, to all 50 states and more than 20 countries. His work for CNN has been featured by filmmakers in internationally released movies and by nationally syndicated programs, including Oprah and the Barbara Walters Special.

David is committed to mentoring young reporters and is a popular speaker at journalism schools, including his alma mater, the University of Alabama.

Recent Articles by David

  GLI asks music festival crowds to ‘Live in Lou’

  Study: Lawn mowers injure thousands of children each year

  Hot car demonstration ends with warning to parents, public

  Amy McGrath launches campaign to unseat McConnell

  Use common sense to avoid summer violence

  Two Jim Beam bourbon warehouses catch on fire in Woodford County

  Booming hemp slowed by lagging regulations

  Kentucky’s Real ID roll out hits a glitch

  Beshear and Edelen display democratic unity in race for governor

  Question of crossing fire district lines still smolders

  Bellarmine University athletics to move to Division I

  KY Sen. Rand Paul seeks to limit presidential emergency powers

  UofL drops plan to buy Jewish Hospital

  Demonstrators say cash bail is jail sentence to poor

  Louisville homeless study looks for solutions

  Large crowd, tensions run high during Kentucky Kingdom free pass giveaway

  If Santa Anita becomes too risky for Breeders’ Cup, Louisville could benefit

  World War II vets honored in Louisville on D-Day anniversary

  ‘Adulting 101’ class teaches students how to survive in the real world after high school graduation

  Victory Park looks for way to recover from recent act of violence

  Hampton’s ‘dark forces’ tweet remains a mystery

  Tariffs on Mexico to be felt in Kentucky

  Honor Flight Bluegrass to honor WWII veterans

  ‘Stay off the tracks’: Officials warn of deadly history of Pope Lick train trestle

  Kentucky soldier surprises brother at middle school

  2 dead, 3 injured in chain-reaction crash near sinkhole on I-265

  Democratic candidates for governor debate for last time before election

  Solving the problem of asthma in thoroughbreds

Luis Saez: Maximum Security jockey suspended for 15 race days

  Sports betting comes to Indiana