Anchors & Reporters
David Mattingly

David Mattingly is a CNN national correspondent based in the network’s Atlanta headquarters. Since joining CNN in 1992, Mattingly has covered breaking news and major events across the United States and around the world.

Mattingly has broken news on the unfolding oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, including the first cable news interview with BP CEO Tony Hayward. During nearly two months of reporting from the region, he has distinguished CNN’s depth and breadth of coverage by drawing upon his rich experience in environmental journalism. He has led CNN’s reporting from the joint command center and reported from along the coast and in the ocean as the crisis has worsened.

Also in 2010, Mattingly has reported investigations of Joseph Andrew Stack, the Texas pilot who crashed his airplane into an Austin IRS building. He has tracked government stimulus spending projects in Montana, reported on independent voters for CNN’s Kentucky primary coverage, and covered health care of the uninsured from New Orleans for the network’s health care reform coverage.

Mattingly’s reporting in 2009 included reporting on the life of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the failed Christmas Day terror suspect; reaction from military families and troops regarding surge plans for Afghanistan; trailing the timeline of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the suspect in the Little Rock, Arkansas, military recruitment center shooting; and dissecting the movements of Nidal Hasan, the suspect in the Fort Hood, Texas military base shooting. His investigative reporting at Fort Hood, Texas, contributed to CNN’s documentary, Inside the Ft. Hood Shootings.

Throughout 2008, Mattingly contributed to CNN’s election coverage, including an early interview with the eventual GOP nominee for vice president, then-Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) in Anchorage. From Haiti, he reported compelling updates on the collapse of a school that killed nearly 100 children in Pétionville.

In 2005, Mattingly covered the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, first from the beaches of south Florida and then from the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter. After the city’s levees broke, he joined a small fleet of rescue boats as crews pulled residents from flooded homes. He was the first correspondent to report live from New Orleans’ elevated highways, where thousands of stranded residents languished for days in the heat. He also reported on the ordeals in St. Bernard Parish and the conditions of the medical evacuation center at the city airport.

Mattingly’s reports were among those included in the CNN Katrina coverage that won a George Foster Peabody award.

Mattingly also contributed to the network’s award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after he cut short a vacation near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, to become one of the first reporters to cover the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 from the scene. In February 2003, Mattingly was part of the team of CNN correspondents and anchors that covered the breaking news story of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Mattingly also reported and narrated No Survivors – Why TWA 800 Could Happen Again for CNN Presents.

In addition to coverage stateside, Mattingly has reported from numerous countries, including Haiti, Vietnam, South Africa and Cuba, on issues ranging from politics, the environment and international business to entertainment. Mattingly has contributed to a number of CNN news magazines including Earth Matters, CNN Presents, The American Edge, The Point, CNN & Fortune, CNN & Entertainment Weekly and CNN Newsstand.

Mattingly has won several national awards for journalism. He has received National Headliner Awards as well as an Emmy Award for his contribution to a CNN Presents program focusing on the Mississippi River floods. In 2011, he was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Atlanta Press Club, for excellence in reporting for his work covering the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Before joining CNN, Mattingly was a news anchor, reporter and documentary producer at WVTM in Birmingham, Ala. He earned his bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Alabama.

 

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