Cortney Hall

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
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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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    McCain responds to Trump’s comments

    WASHINGTON — Arizona Sen. John McCain is responding to remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who dismissed the former Vietnam POW’s status as a war hero by saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.” McCain told MSNBC this morning that Trump doesn’t need to apologize to him, but should tell veterans he’s sorry. McCain says it was “the great honor” of his life to be “in the company of heroes.” He adds that there are “so many men and […]

  • DNA tests sparks journey through African ancestry for WGN reporter

    Back in December WGN brought you a story on more and more African Americans using DNA tests to trace their ancestry. WGN’s Cortney Hall took a test and found out life changing information that inspired her to go a step further. Her DNA test said she was of Senegalese Mandinka ancestry. The simple test opened up to a land and culture she says she knew nothing about. “All of the sudden, I had a cultural identity outside of nationality and […]

  • Judge resentences Adolfo Davis to natural life in prison

    CHICAGO –On Monday a Cook County judge resentenced Adolfo Davis to natural life in prison. Davis was convicted of life without the possibility of parole when he was 14-years-old. Today was resentenced and got handed another life sentence. Judge Angela Petrone discredited all of the defense’s witnesses and handed down the harshest possible sentence. Tomorrow morning Davis will be on his way back to Statesville where he’s been for decades. Davis’ relatives and supporters were in disbelief. “I’ve been dealing […]

  • Tech assisting schools in worst case scenarios

    School districts are getting ready for worst case scenarios. Some perform graphic drills schools to prepare for active shooter situations. Now, many districts are turning to technology to assist them. WGN’s Cortney Hall has more  

  • Decision to be announced next month in Adolfo Davis re-hearing

    CHICAGO — A re-sentencing hearing concluded late Monday night for convicted murderer Adolfo Davis.  The judge will announce his decision on May 4th. Davis is  serving a mandatory life sentence for a gang related double murder since he was 14-years-old. 25 years later, he’s is being re-sentenced after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling said it’s unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to “mandatory life without the possibility of parole.” Davis’ attorneys called several witnesses today to talk about the man he’s become […]

  • Cook County pushing schools to become safer — with help of Homeland Security

    CHICAGO — Cook County is pushing to get teachers trained and prepared in case there’s a threat of violence in the school. Earlier this month some 300 teachers and administrators from public and private schools gathered for training. Cook County Homeland Security and emergency management: this is the first on many sessions. Columbine, Sandy Hook: massacres that forever rocked our sense of security at school. Now walk up to a suburban school like Reavis High, and you’re met with locked […]


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