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

Louisville Bats will not have a season in 2020

  Bats make summer plans without baseball

Louisville City FC to open Lynn Family Stadium on Sunday, July 12

Card land top junior college recruit El Ellis

  Spring sports scholarships and the impact on recruiting

  What is the mental cost of the return of sports?

  Tiz the Law is 6-5 morning line favorite in Belmont Stakes

  Grandma’s Reds scorebook comes alive

UofL’s Detmers picked #10 by Angels

Friend with ALS inspires woman to walk 500 miles

UK announces three year deal with Notre Dame in men’s basketball

Baffert to point Charlatan and Nadal to Belmont Stakes

2020 Belmont Stakes will be first leg of Triple Crown

Kentucky Speedway still planning for Quaker State 400 on July 11

  Josh’s Journey: UK football player beats cancer to get back on field

  Grantz takes over at Jeff

UofL hires Blagg as new men’s golf head coach

Johnson preparing to be top Card as a sophomore

Bob Baffert’s take on the first Saturday in May 2020

UK adds Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr

Satterfield says football Cards will need six weeks of practice to get ready for season opener

  Jody Demling discusses fight with COVID-19

UK’s Bowden picked by Raiders in third round of NFL Draft

UofL offensive lineman Mekhi Becton picked #11 by New York Jets

UofL athletic department announces layoffs and furloughs

UofL’s Ledford speaks highly of former Card Becton before NFL Draft

  When will sports return, and will there be fans in the stands?

Jody Demling released from hospital

Tyra says all UofL head coaches will take 10% pay cut as result of COVID-19 shutdown

Mack is back in town, updates status of signee Jay Scrubb