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

  Gov. Beshear calls for prison reform

  Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is cancer-free

  Louisville Metro Government joins area school districts in federal lawsuit against JUUL

  Police: Tinder date and home invasion possibly connected in Radcliff

  City crews work to prevent flooding problems ahead of forecasted rain

  Woman alleges unwanted sexual contact during LMPD search

  Kentucky AG to guide prosecutors on handling child abuse cases

  Man seen on video being stabbed by Kroger security guard in Louisville sues company

  Avoiding the 2020 fraud alert

First of three to stand trial for robbery turned shooting

  Louisville Metro Juvenile Justice Center closes

  U.S. Attorney Coleman examining pardon recipient cases for possible federal crimes

  ‘It’s not acceptable to me’: U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman talks Louisville violence, blames LMPD budget cuts

  Louisville marine killed in WWII is finally laid to rest

Caesars unveils new Southern Indiana casino

Bullitt County Public Schools suing Juul, other e-cigarette makers

  Embattled Louisville health insurance provider loses vital state contract

  Bevin pardons man ‘wrongfully convicted’ for sexually abusing 6-year-old

  Metro council tees off on Mayor Fischer’s handling of golf contracts

  Work on I-65 South expected to be done by next week’s busy holiday rush

  Coan not seeking re-election to District 8 council seat

  Top US horse tracks move toward national standards

  LMPD plans to give $2.6 million to other city departments

  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