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

  AG race heats up as Cameron picks up endorsement, and a lawsuit

  Lost scholarships tied to ‘crossfire’ between Papa John’s and John Schnatter, Simmons College administrators say

  First responders talk about how 9/11 changed their lives and how they view their jobs

  Federal officials look for new ways to stem Louisville violence

  UPS hiring 2,600 workers in Louisville for holiday season

  Whitney Austin fights for change one year after surviving a mass shooting

  Former Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet injured while biking

  John Schnatter announces significant financial gift and commitment to Simmons College of Kentucky

  4 dead, 1 missing after boat capsizes in Indiana river

  Passengers arrive in Louisville after plans disrupted by Dorian

  Sports talk show host Matt Jones steps closer to U.S. Senate bid

  Fewer workers compete for Louisville jobs

  Big effort by small businesses to keep going after roof collapse

Police: Taxi driver sexually assaulted ‘profoundly disabled’ woman

  Teen murder suspect appears in court

  Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton files lawsuit against Gov. Bevin over fired staffers

  Mercy the comfort dog returns from lifting spirits in Dayton

  Indiana senator calls for tougher gun background checks, red flag laws

  State backlog in child welfare cases felt at St Joe’s

  Village Drive fire victim identified as area collegiate golf coach

  Gun store owner says background check takes just minutes

  Federal investigators looking into disastrous gas pipeline explosion

  Judge says murder case against MSD driver will not be influenced by feelings for the LMPD victim

Vandals leave broken, damaged stones in Jeffersonville cemeteries

New public meeting scheduled for Paristown Pointe development project

  New Albany grandmother pleads for justice in death of her grandchildren

  2016 Pegasus Parade shooter to become a free man

  Accused killer says case against him is ‘bull crap lies’

  GLI asks music festival crowds to ‘Live in Lou’

  Study: Lawn mowers injure thousands of children each year