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

  Flood delivers islands of trash to Louisville waterfront

  COVID relief bill would funnel billions into Kentucky

  Flooding adds a new layer of trouble for waterfront restaurants struggling through a pandemic

  Are you in vaccination Phase 1C? Don’t delay in getting an appointment

Beshear, NAACP urge Black Kentuckians to get vaccinated

  Some JCPS students could return to school March 17

  Galt House offering COVID testing to attract group bookings

  New owner promises longer season and more attractions at Kentucky Kingdom

  USAF pilot killed in crash remembered in his Southern Indiana hometown

  A decade of upgrades leads to ‘hardening’ of power infrastructure

  Indiana businesses will be harder to sue if a customer is exposed to COVID-19

  Super Bowl Sunday could be less than super for bars, restaurants

  Baby bust: Births drop in 2020 despite talks of COVID baby boom

  Proponents of a legislative rescue of historical horse racing predict job losses if gaming revenue dries up

  CDC eyes possible COVID-19 testing for domestic air passengers, passengers see trouble

  Specially trained nurses now available for rape victims at all Louisville area emergency rooms

  Can Asia Durr’s long-term COVID struggles encourage others to get vaccinated?

  Riverfront hotels and non-profits will feel the loss when Thunder Over Louisville blasts off without a crowd

  New drug shows promise of protecting patients from COVID hospitalization

  Trust starts with communication according to new LMPD Chief

  100 days until Kentucky Derby 147?

  Arrests, digital crackdown create chilling effect for extremist groups

  Anxiety, uncertainty drive record year in gun sales

  With his days numbered as Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is still the strongest voice on the outcome of impeachment

  How many lives can you save with $350,000? The city wants to find out

  Could driving less force a new tax on gasoline?

  WAVE 3 News anchor Lauren Jones, a COVID-19 long hauler, has a New Year’s wish for everyone

  2020 marks ‘deadliest 5-year period in our city’s history’

  Public waits for stimulus checks while Congress disagrees on the amount

  Post-Christmas testing for COVID-19 brings people to local drive-through location