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

  Beshear hopes for better ‘tone’ in Frankfort

  Bevin warns of ‘people that would try to hijack our political process’

  Congressman John Yarmuth looks at KY elections and sees decline in President’s popularity

  McConnell predicts Beshear will become Governor

  Southern Indiana small town mourns high school senior killed in crash

  Beshear has options in how he can appoint a new state school board

  Beshear confident in election results, moves ahead with transition

  Close race, few public polls lead to heightened speculation on outcome of gubernatorial election

  Suspects identified following hours-long SWAT standoff on South 34th Street

  Beshear says he’s ready to beat Bevin

  Humana to lay off at least 800 workers by year’s end

  Body found in Ohio River puts family of missing woman on edge

  New concrete median built for safety, causes headaches on Dixie Highway

  After chemotherapy, Archbishop Kurtz says ‘sickness brings out the best in people’

  Louisville launches a registry for animal abusers

  Crossbows are rising in popularity due to ease-of-use and accuracy

  Kentucky Secretary of State warns of errors in voter records

  City sends a bill to President Trump and other presidential candidates

  Campaigns for governor enter crunch time

UPDATE: Coroner identifies victim of homicide in Klondike neighborhood

  Judge rules against lawsuit claiming attorney general candidate did not meet qualifications

  No motives, suspects or arrests reported after 1 dead and 2 wounded in shooting

  Pablo Cano: Ex-LMPD officer accepts plea deal, avoids rape charges

  McConnell ad cashes in on impeachment

  Kentucky may follow California’s lead in allowing college athletes to earn money off the field

  Deaths from dog maulings are rare; dog bites, lawsuits are not

Luke Hancock’s 2013 Most Outstanding Player Award restored

UPDATE: One man in hospital after shooting at Dixie Highway barber shop

  JCPS bus drove 92 feet after striking 6-year-old boy who is now recovering

Future of Louisville juvenile offenders still unclear