Cortney Hall
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An Emmy-nominated journalist, Cortney Hall joined CLTV as an anchor in December 2013, and now delivers the latest news headlines on the 9 o’clock hour of WGN Morning News. Previously, Cortney was a news anchor and reporter at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida. Cortney began her career at Bloomberg News in New York City, where she produced various morning news segments.

Cortney got her BS from from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2003, and then went on to get her MA from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.

Cortney was born and raised in the Oak Brook suburb of Chicago. She attended Fenwick High School.

If she’s not in the newsroom, you can usually find Cortney at the driving range or whipping up something tasty in the kitchen. She also enjoys spending time outside or playing tennis.


Recent Articles
  • Creating calm in one of Chicago’s roughest areas: Yoga comes to West Englewood

      In the heart of one of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods, between two gang territories, is one corner of tranquility at 64th and Honore. The organization I-Grow Chicago bought a house on this corner of West Englewood in hopes of helping to reduce stress levels for its neighbors. The block outside the home is closed for five hours, four days a week. Kids who attend get a light breakfast and then practice street yoga. “Englewood has some amazing resources in the […]

  • More women applying for concealed carry permits

    Concealed carry is the law now in Illinois.  That means paperwork, background checks and hours of training for people who want to carry guns. And a surprising number of those applications are being filed by women. Illinois State Police say almost 12% of those concealed carry applications coming in state are from women. And firearms trainers say they expect that number to grow as they see interest building. Nationwide the number of women who owned guns spiked to 23% in 2011, […]

  • Gov. Quinn to deliver state budget proposal today

    Governor Quinn faces a no-win choice when he proposes his budget today before the General Assembly.

  • Illinois’ path to freedom along the Underground Railroad

    It’s roughly 600 miles from the eastern edge of Missouri to the border where Canada meets the United States.That was the task ahead of thousands of enslaved people seeking freedom. Crossing Illinois was the first step. WGN’s Courtney Hall retraces that historic journey and visits markers and learns about the legends along the way.

  • Chicago area teen good as ‘Gold’ for Winter Olympics

    The Winter Olympics are still months away but an Illinois teenager is getting ready for it as we speak. Plus she’s got the perfect name to win it all! Gracie Gold is Chicagoland’s best shot at taking the gold medal in figure skating. Six days a week on the ice is where you’ll find Gracie Gold. Gold has been skating since she was 8, opting to take classes online so she can focus on skating. Now nearly a decade later […]

  • Nelson Mandela dies at age 95

    Nelson Mandela’s willingness to forgive and forget helped peacefully end an era of white domination in his native South Africa. But as news of his death spread, mourners there and around the world professed that he, himself, would never be forgotten. “Mandela’s biggest legacy … was his remarkable lack of bitterness and the way he did not only talk about reconciliation, but he made reconciliation happen in South Africa,” said F.W. de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president before giving […]

  • Sinking your teeth into Chicago’s vampire culture

    Vampires have exploded in popularity in recent years and the craze is not just with the TV shows. It’s hit the academic world. Northwestern has a vampire-themed English course as does the U of I. WGN’s Cortney Hall shows us how this cultural phenomenon has taken root in Chicago.  She also spoke with two men who went to extremes to make the vampire sub-culture a part of their lives.

  • Fresh fruit, fresh start: Cart company helping people get back on their feet

    You may have seen fruit stands set up if you’re walking around the Chicago.  The carts are actually part of a program that helps Chicagoans get back on their feet after addiction. The company  is called Neighbor Carts and it teams up with organizations like Streetwise and Hope House. The organization operates like a franchise: Providing the carts, aprons and support. It helps people turn their lives around, become entrepreneurs, and learn valuable skills. WGN’s Courtney Hall talks with Neighbor […]

  • Pair up program encourages friendship, fitness at Chicago high school

    We don’t often think of high school kids stepping outside of themselves to help others.  But at Lane Tech High School, they beg to differ.  There’s a program there building lasting relationships between students who may not otherwise interact. The school’s PE Leaders Program pairs Special Ed students with “Regular Ed.” Students voluntarily sign up for the program. It includes 60 special education students with a range of challenges. The program has been so successful; teachers and administrators hope to […]