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

  Daughter searching for mother’s ashes lost in the mail

  Dequante Hobbs’ killer sentenced on federal firearms charges

  Metro sewers reveal spread of COVID-19 in a new way

  Attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family want no less than 2nd-degree manslaughter charges against officers

  In a grand jury, the prosecutor ‘runs the show’

  New leadership in small city department faces monumental task

  Protests and Churchill Downs: What’s next after Derby?

  Kentucky congressman looks to the NFL for a better future for horse racing

  The 146th Kentucky Derby will be the last for horses on the drug Lasix

  AG Cameron meets with FBI to discuss ‘critical’ ballistics tests in Breonna Taylor investigation

  Louisville Omni Hotel reopens after 5-month COVID shutdown

  2020 Kentucky suicide numbers are down despite disruption and isolation from COVID-19

  Rumors, facts focus attentions Tuesday on Breonna Taylor demonstrations

  Plans to salvage Louisville tourism after COVID, protests and no spectators at Derby underway

  Could ballistics in Breonna Taylor case determine prosecution of officers?

  Airbnb hosts are in the final turn for Derby bookings

  Plans moving forward to create an oasis in Louisville food desert

  Smaller crowd, tighter rules await spectators at Kentucky Derby 146

  6 members of one Louisville family test positive for COVID-19

  Louisville homicides eclipse total from 2019 and it’s only August

  A dose of green to cure the COVID-induced blues may be just what the doctor ordered

  Spectator plans for the 146th Kentucky Derby still in the works

  Report: Kentucky ranked 9th in the nation for public sector job losses

  Schools struggle to find agreement on meaning of ‘safe’ during COVID-19

  Masks and other changes await crowds at 2020 Street Rod Nationals

  Kentucky town hires social workers instead of more officers - and the results are surprising

  Beshear: Bars are closing, schools shouldn’t open until 3rd week of August

  Cashier shot during attempted robbery in downtown Louisville

  Behind on rent because of COVID-19 disruptions, tenants can get help to avoid eviction

Demand for testing, longer wait times follow surge in coronavirus cases