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

  New arrests and a possible resurgence of a controversial LMPD policy

  Teen basketball star falls victim to Louisville’s gun violence

  Legal road ahead for Bob Baffert could be long and expensive

‘Handful’ of Derby-goers caught COVID, Louisville health director confirms

  How did officials find an illegal substance in Medina Spirit’s blood?

  KHRC rejects complaint against wealthy Sheikh and his horse, Derby favorite Essential Quality

  Former US attorneys urge LMPD to offer transparency in DOJ investigation

  Fischer’s proposed $986 million budget includes tripling the amount spent on public safety

  Small rural hospital is so old it can’t recruit new doctors

  Kentucky among worst states for spike in overdose deaths during pandemic

  League of superheroes gather to wash windows at Norton Children’s Hospital

  Kentucky unemployment: 13 sites reopening for in-person help

  ‘It’s stupid’ : McConnell’s warning to corporations opposing Georgia voting law

  New CDC guidance is good news for vaccinated travelers

  Invisible invasion of COVID in Kentucky shown on animated map

  Findings in Louisville wastewater suggest possible new COVID surge

  Belle of Louisville returns from a COVID shutdown financially underwater

  Gun buyers go shopping, hoping to stay ahead of new gun legislation

  24 million free meals and no end in sight as the pandemic squeezes Louisville food budgets

  Report: Gunman warned Louisville stepbrothers ‘I’m going to shoot you’ on Florida beach

  Upticks in deadly violence open old wounds for families affected

  Paul accuses Fauci of ‘theater’ when it comes to wearing masks. What do doctors say?

  Looking for a new home? Good luck. Inventory is way down because of COVID-19.

  After a year of COVID, Louisville restaurants await transition from surviving to thriving

  ‘It was just soul wrenching.’ A son explains why he took a job in a nursing home to be close to his ailing mother

  Shooting victim to those who hurt others: ‘You need to stop’

  What flood? Aggressive clean up clears away debris, trash from Louisville waterfront, but more to be done

  Protest organizer offers no apologies for confronting young cheerleaders

  Flood delivers islands of trash to Louisville waterfront

  COVID relief bill would funnel billions into Kentucky