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

USAF pilot killed in crash remembered in his Southern Indiana hometown

  Baby bust: Births drop in 2020 despite talks of COVID baby boom

Attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family want no less than 2nd-degree manslaughter charges against officers

AG Cameron meets with FBI to discuss ‘critical’ ballistics tests in Breonna Taylor investigation

Smaller crowd, tighter rules await spectators at Kentucky Derby 146

Kentucky town hires social workers instead of more officers - and the results are surprising

Audio tapes reveal new details the night Breonna Taylor was killed

Kentucky lags behind neighbors in testing for coronavirus

Beshear proposes to raise money for state by taxing cigarettes and vaping products

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

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

4 dead, 1 missing after boat capsizes in Indiana river

New Albany grandmother pleads for justice in death of her grandchildren

Two Jim Beam bourbon warehouses catch on fire in Woodford County

  ‘Adulting 101’ class teaches students how to survive in the real world after high school graduation

McConnell video reveals his re-election campaign message to voters, potential opponents

Louisville Hindu temple vandalized with ‘messages of hate’

  Will the third time be the charm for pension reform in 2019?

Gregory Bush indicted on federal hate crime charges

Houdini, the I-65 Goat, injured in traffic mishap

Racist note left instead of a tip at Kentucky Applebee’s