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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    WGN hosts 5-day broadcast camp for kids from Breakthrough Ministries

    CHICAGO — An organization in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood is striving to create fun and positive learning opportunities for Chicago Public School students. WGN Reporter Cortney Hall  teamed up with Breakthrough Ministries for a five-day, hands-on broadcasting camp. For more information, go to: Watch video news packages the broadcasting students put together themselves below:        

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    Chicago firefighters reflect on Sept 11th

    It’s been 15 years since our nation came under attack on September 11, 2001. Hijackers drove two airliners into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. A third plane was steered into the Pentagon. And a fourth plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania. Between New York and Washington DC almost 3000 people were killed, about 400 were police officers and firefighters. Like the rest of the nation, Chicago firefighters watched the horror unfold on television. Department […]

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    Organization helps bridge gap between businesses and people with disabilities

    A local organization is bridging the communication gap between businesses and people with disabilities. JJ’s List works kind of like Yelp and it’s recently gaining traction. From their small office in Evanston, JJ’s List is managing a growing community of thousands across the country. Sarah Armour is part of the team that manages the website. She says it’s changing the way people think about diversity, specifically people with disabilities. “I think it’s about seeing us as people and not as […]

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    New head of Chicago Animal Care and Control’s mission to save more lives

    CHICAGO – The new head of Chicago Animal Care and Control just completed her first month on the job. And she’s got a mission to save more lives. She’s got a long to-do list. The shelter has a renovation underway and faces challenges with K9 influenza, partnerships to build upon and a relatively tight budget. All of this, as more-and-more strays are coming in. WGN’s Cortney Hall reports how those idea falls right in line with a separate effort in […]

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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 […]