Cortney Hall

An Emmy Award-nominated journalist, Cortney Hall joined WGN News as a CLTV 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 Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2003. She went on to get her Master of Arts 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
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    Chicago singer uses her voice to speak out against cyber bullying

    CHICAGO — After becoming the target of cyber bullying, Chicago world music singer Ugochi used her voice to speak out against negativity. WGN reached out to the woman who posted the original mean message and she even agreed to meet with Ugochi to apologize, but backed out. We spoke with an attorney who says there’s not really much you can do if this happens to you. If this happens to you, a bullying expert suggests reaching out to a social […]

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    For 911 call centers, training and certifications vary across the board

    The people on the other end of your 911 call deal with thousands of life-and-death situations every day.  So it may be surprising to learn  that right now, there are no state standards to train and certify people doing that job. This week is National Public Safety and Telecommunications week. Recently there have been some cases that have shined the spotlight on 911 call handlers which have raised question on their qualifications and how they’re trained. For each call center […]

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    Chicago’s unique cooking school serves up success

    CHICAGO — The people behind Chicago’s so called “best-kept secret” say they’re ready for it to be made known. Sikia Restaurant, nestled on the campus of Kennedy King College in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, has been serving lunch for years.  Now a three-course dinner has been added to the menu. But this restaurant is serving up much more than food. At Sikia, the chefs are actually students at Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the oldest culinary schools in the nation.  The institute, […]

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    From the WGN archives: Fight for housing equality moves to suburbs

    CHICAGO — By September of 1966 housing conditions for African Americans weren’t changing fast enough for civil rights activists. Martin Luther King Jr.’s followers were getting frustrated, some of them more willing to take risks. That brings us to Cicero. There was always a plan to march into the all-white suburb. But all summer it kept getting postponed. In 1951 CTA bus driver Harvey Clark Jr. and his family attempted to integrate. They were met by 4,000 angry white neighbors […]

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    Web Extras: Martin Luther King and the 1966 Chicago Freedom Movement

    Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago with his family in 1966 with a plan to call attention to the city’s racial inequalities, especially housing, education and employment opportunities. He lead marches through segregated neighborhoods, demonstrated in front of real estate offices and held rallies as part of the Chicago Freedom Movement. The WGN archive video below features extended scenes and speeches by King from that summer in Chicago.

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    From the WGN archives: Rare footage of when MLK took Freedom Movement to Chicago in 1966

    CHICAGO — This year marks the 50th anniversary since the Chicago Freedom Movement. That’s when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved his family to Chicago’s West Side to call attention to the segregated, slum conditions many black people were living in. Dr. King moved here to fight against de facto segregation in Chicago’s housing, education and business practices. He led marches, teamed up with local activists and negotiated with Mayor Daley. We’ve combed through the WGN archives to take think […]

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    CPS ‘lunchroom style’ cookies full of flavor, memories for many

    CHICAGO — The holidays are a great excuse to indulge in all of your favorite cookie flavors and there’s one in particular that has a cult-like following in Chicago. “Lunchroom style” cookies contain a lot of flavor and memories for many former Chicago Public School students. The cookies debuted in CPS lunchrooms sometime during the 1960s.  A quick Google search for “CPS butter cookie” produces several dozen hits filled with blog posts and YouTube tutorials of Chicagoans trying to nail that original […]

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    Chicago-based app at center of car-sharing debate

    CHICAGO — A growing number of Chicagoans are ditching their cars in favor of public transit and bicycles. But now there’s a new trend emerging in transportation that is making it easier for drivers to get vehicles on-demand. Abandoning the expenses of owning a car in the city is all well and good — until the need to travel by car arises. Now, with just one click of an app, drivers can find a vehicle in their neighborhood to rent. This transportation […]

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    Budget impasse continues to impact family services

    The Illinois budget impasse continues to impact everyday people in the state. Through the Early Intervention Program, therapists help children from birth to 3-years-old with their development if a doctor has concerns. But now, with no budget in place, paying for the state program has been inconsistent. Therapists have waited months for payments and it’s driving some places out of business. A statement the governor’s office says: One of the governor’s first actions in office was to save child care from the […]

  • Major changes coming to Illinois childcare eligibility

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois is just days away from a deadline for parents to give input on the state funding for early childcare. Major changes in who is eligible for subsidies have just gone through in a process that’s been anything but transparent. Now 90 percent of the people who used to be eligible for state help, aren’t any longer. Most people don’t know about these new guidelines because the governor’s office was able to file what’s called an “emergency rule,” […]


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