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

  Sheriff: Homemade fireworks made inside home that exploded, killing 1, injuring 5 others

  Protest caravan leads to 20 arrests

  Most Kentuckians spent stimulus checks on food

  Public golf course hit with costly vandalism

  LouCity FC to take the field with half the number of fans

  Defunding the police would help revitalize local communities, some say

  Volunteers to start restoring Greenwood Cemetery this weekend

  ‘Unexpected’ discovery at UofL could save lives in fight against COVID-19

  ‘Breonna’s Law’ draws crowd outside Louisville City Hall

  Area CrossFit gyms seek distance and cut ties in wake of comments by former CEO

  St. Matthews maintains curfew amid protests

Fischer ends citywide curfew, says it could return if need arises

  Reform seekers look into the future of LMPD

  Looted West End Kroger set to reopen Wednesday

  Fischer suspends no-knock warrants

  Decision to hold the 2020 KY State Fair to be made in a matter of weeks

  Mother, 2 children and another driver killed in Meade Co. crash

  McConnell praises Beshear for reopening Kentucky’s economy

  Military vehicle convoy honors veterans at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery

  Veterans urge people to seek alternatives after cancelations of public Memorial Day ceremonies

  When distilleries reopen to the public, will ‘Bourbonism’ return?

  The holiday weekend coronavirus challenge - how to be out in public without public contact

  Could this be a cure for COVID-19? Regional experts say too soon to tell

  Officers, suspect involved in deadly confrontation identified

  Mayor Fischer defends LMPD chief in Breonna Taylor death investigation

  Deadly daytime shooting rattles quiet Elizabethtown neighborhood

Lou City FC prepares to play on during a pandemic, with or without fans

  Catholic churches to resume in-person mass and communion

  Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport reports stunning low after record year

  The bigger the garden, the bigger the problems when late season freeze rolls in