Kent Taylor

Kent Taylor

Kent Taylor took over as just the fourth 11 o'clock sports anchor in WAVE 3 history in January of 2002. He was named "Kentucky TV Sportscaster of the Year" by the Associated Press in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2015. Taylor also won for Best Sports Play-by-Play in 2015 and 2016.

In 2013 he was voted "Best Sports Reporter" by Louisville Magazine and in 2016 and 2017 "Best TV Sportscaster." In 2014 he was named Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, or NSSA.

Kent joined WAVE in July of 2000, after working six years as a Sports Reporter/Photographer at WLKY. He has been covering sports in his hometown since 1994. Kent has covered every Kentucky Derby since 1994, UK's 1996 National Championship, UofL's trip to the Final Four in 2005, UofL's 2005 trip to the Gator Bowl, UofL's 2006 Orange Bowl win, Western Kentucky's 2002 NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship, the 2001 Brickyard 400, and UK's trip to the 1998 Outback Bowl. He was in New Orleans for the historic Final Four meeting between the Cats and Cards in March of 2012, and was courtside as UK won it's 8th National Championship.

He covered UofL's Sugar Bowl win over Florida, and the Cards NCAA Championship run, leaving Atlanta after the men's team beat Michigan in the title game, making it back to New Orleans for the women's title game match up with Connecticut. Kent also was there when Rick Pitino and the Cards visited President Barack Obama in the White House. He spent three weeks in Salt Lake City in 2002, covering the Winter Olympics. He has traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to cover the Preakness Stakes and Elmont, New York for the Belmont Stakes, including American Pharoah's run to the Triple Crown in 2015. Kent was the front man for WAVE's coverage of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club. The program, "A Victory for Valhalla," was named "Best Sports Special" by the Associated Press. "Touchdown Friday Night," our high school football show, was named "Best Prep Sports Show" by the Associated Press in 2012 and 2017. Kent produces and co-anchors the show.

He has served as the play-by-play voice of the Arena 2 Louisville Fire and was a sideline reporter on ESPNU for two UofL football spring games. Since 2010, he has served as the host of "The Scotty Davenport Show" for Bellarmine basketball head coach Scotty Davenport. In 2010-11, the Knights won the Division II National Championship. Kent serves as the host of "Inside the Cards," a weekly show produced by WAVE 3 News, with UofL football coach Bobby Petrino and basketball coach Rick Pitino. He also was the play-by-play voice for the Cards two exhibition basketball games in 2014 and 2015. Kent called four UofL regular season games on ESPN3 in 2015 and two exhibition games and two regular season games in 2016

Kent is on the selection committee for the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame.

A native Louisvillian, Kent graduated from St. Margaret Mary, St. Xavier High School, and Miami (Ohio). He is married to WAVE 3 Anchor Connie Leonard. They have a daughter, Emerson, and live in the east end.

Recent Articles by Kent

Marshall County holds off Bethlehem 58-51 in Sweet 16 quarterfinals

Racing Louisville FC makes it’s debut on Saturday night

Sacred Heart advances to final four with 66-54 win over Bowling Green in Sweet 16

  Sacred Heart beats Knott County Central 64-32 in Sweet 16 opener

Bethlehem holds off Bullitt East 70-65 in Sweet 16

UK’s Askew enters transfer portal

Cards unsung hero continues to make game-changing plays

Walz says laundry is among the challenges in the NCAA Tournament bubble

WKU falls to Louisiana Tech 72-65 in NIT quarterfinal

Comeback Cards strike again, UofL beats Northwestern 62-53

Hoosiers make history, beat Belmont 70-48

Pepperdine ends Bellarmine’s season 82-71 in CBI semifinal

Iowa’s Clark scores 35 as Hawkeyes beat UK 86-72 in NCAA second round

Bellarmine beats Army 77-67 in CBI quarterfinal

#2 Cards advance with 74-43 win over #15 Marist

Clarke leaving UK for NBA

Coaching staff shakeup for UofL men’s basketball

WKU holds off St. Mary’s 69-67 in NIT opener

Bellarmine opens with Army in 2021 College Basketball Invitational

Cards, Cats and Hoosiers all earn spots in NCAA Women’s Championship

Mack reacts to Cards NCAA snub

Archie Miller out at IU, donors step up to pay buyout

  Looking back: One year after COVID shut down sports

Bassey leads WKU to CUSA Tournament win over UTSA

Hoosiers fall to Rutgers 61-50 in Big Ten Tournament

Cats season ends after 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in SEC Tournament

Duke is out of ACC Tournament after positive COVID test, Blue Devils beat UofL Wednesday night

Williams and Duke knock the Cards out of the ACC Tournament 70-56

Clarke could return for Cats in SEC Tournament

UofL’s Jones, Johnson and Withers earn ACC honors