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

Mayor Fischer declares racism a public health crisis

  Churchill Downs: Outgoing track president describes ongoing dialogue with community following protests

  Kevin Flanery: Churchill Downs Racetrack President retires after series of big challenges

  Black Friday brings the new ‘Black Market’ to Louisville’s West End food desert

Changes greet Cards fans at opening game

  Grieving son warns people to not let their guard down after his father dies from COVID-19

  Demand for COVID-19 testing rises as families look to reduce risk at family gatherings

  New COVID-19 restrictions threaten paychecks for restaurant employees

  Experience beats advanced college degrees in the COVID-19 economy

  COVID-19 contact tracers in Louisville calling thousands daily

  New Albany’s last brick-and-mortar video store becomes a casualty of COVID-19

  Restaurant owners, Biden supporters offer Trump supporters free food for MAGA hats

  Congressional tweets raise questions, but no facts, regarding actual voting fraud

  McConnell tweets about election but takes no questions

  Four tons of chicken given away in Portland

  State Republicans win new seats to preserve GOP legislative majority

  City officials trying something new to confront record homicides

  Thanksgiving traditions big and small face disruptions from COVID-19

  JCPS employee charged with sexual abuse

  Spencer County Trump supporters look for another landslide

  Fans to return to Churchill Downs for racing and social distancing

  Kentucky officials monitoring for signs of voter intimidation

  Study says passengers at low risk of catching COVID-19 on a flight

  Science exhibit doubles as recruiting tool as UPS looks for future employees

  People are ready to roadtrip after a year of COVID-19

  First toilet paper, now beer cans: Consumers encounter new shortages due to COVID-19

  Breonna Taylor’s death influences voters on first day of early voting

  Fact Check: McConnell quotes RBG on expanding SCOTUS

  Louisville hospitality industry works to stay afloat during pandemic

Former LMPD Chief Conrad said he was ‘surprised’ to see Hankison at hospital following shooting