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Courtney is an Emmy-nominated journalist who joined WGN-TV as a General Assignment Reporter in July of 2014. This is an exciting return to the Tribune family, since Courtney started her career as a former CLTV intern.

Prior to WGN News, Courtney reported for WBBM-TV in Chicago, where she won a 2014 Illinois Associated Press Award. She previously worked at St. Louis’ KSDK-TV as an Anchor/Reporter, bringing home a Missouri Broadcaster’s Award. She also worked on-air at WEHT-TV in Evansville, IN and KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, MO. She started her career in broadcasting as an intern at WXYZ-TV in Detroit and CLTV in Chicago.

Courtney launched into broadcasting in her freshman year of college, working as a Disc Jockey for WHOV-FM in Hampton, VA. Over the years she’s had the opportunity to cover the “D.C. Sniper” Trials of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo and interviewed First Lady, Michelle Obama. Courtney has covered numerous devastating tornadoes as well as the wildfires of Arizona.

Courtney was raised on the south side of Chicago, in the city’s Beverly neighborhood. She’s also proud alum of Whitney Young High School. She received her B.A. in Mass Media at Hampton University’s Scripps-Howard School of Journalism in Virginia. Courtney is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Courtney is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and loves exploring new restaurants with her husband.

Recent Articles
  • Reward offered in shooting death of South Side boy

    A vigil was held on the South Side tonight for a boy gunned down and found in a backyard. A crowd flooded the backyard in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood where 9-year-old Antonio Smith Jr was found Wednesday. They came to pray in his honor and ask for the community’s help in the ongoing investigation. “If anyone knows of anybody who took part in this modern day execution, because this wasn’t a murder, this was an execution of a baby,” […]

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    Police search for suspect who shot, killed 9-year-old

    A young boy was killed in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side. 9-year-old Antonio Smith was shot twice in the chest near 71st and Woodlawn around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.  He was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he later died, according to his family. He lived near to the scene of the shooting and family members say he may have been waiting for a bus or walking in the neighborhood when […]

  • Official: Rescue operation for Foley failed earlier this summer

    A U.S. rescue operation earlier this summer failed to free American journalist James Foley and others being held by ISIS in Syria, a U.S. official told CNN on Wednesday. The Pentagon confirmed a rescue attempt, but did not say whether Foley was among those U.S. officials were hoping to free. “Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of […]

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    16-year-old girl shot and killed in drive by shooting

    WGN’s Courtney Gousman joins us live from police headquarters with more. I talked to the best friend of Shaquise Buckner, who’s now tortured over decisions the girls made that put them in harms way. The tears keep coming for the family of 16-year-old Shaquise Buckner. “She didn’t deserve this,” says Parisha Brown. The honor roll student, from Perspective IIT Academy, gunned down just before one a.m. this morning, while walking with friends. Terrance Loving says, “I was asleep, I got […]

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    Chicago woman, boyfriend charged in murder of mother in Bali

    It was supposed to be a getaway filled with good times, but it ended abruptly — in murder. Now charges are filed in the death of a Chicago woman found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali, Indonesia. The woman’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend are being held responsible. The members of St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church cannot seem to shake the gruesome image: the body of Sheile von Wiese-Mack, 62, reduced to this bloody suitcase. “Just grief strickened and shocked,” Rev. […]

  • Rauner and Republicans hold GOP Day at State Fair

    Illinois Republicans are getting fired-up for the November elections at the State Fair Thursday in Springfield. Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner addressed his supporters at the Hilton Hotel in the morning. If elected, he said he will focus on creating jobs, reducing the tax burden, investing in education, and ending corruption. He also says he will not accept a salary or pension. He also plans to live in the Governor’s mansion. Rauner’s beating Democratic Governor Pat Quinn in the polls, but […]

  • Democrats gather in Springfield for Governor’s Day

    August in Illinois means state fair fun missed with a hefty dose of politics. Wednesday was Governor’s Day in Springfield and thousands of Democrats hit the fair to get pumped up for the November election. But there is an air of concern here among Illinois Democrats. Most admit they’re fighting an uphill battle to maintain control of the general assembly and even the governor’s mansion. That’s why they say today is crucial, when it comes to getting supporters motivated and […]

  • Two teens shot at Bud Billiken Parade

    The Bud Billiken Parade celebrating its 85th year. It’s the largest back to school parade and one of the largest parades in the country. It’s an event dedicated to celebrating students, but today a shooting along the parade route, ruined stole the spotlight. For more than 40 years, the Cline family pitches a tent, and fires-up the grill, near the corner of 42nd and King Drive, it’s a family tradition.  This bunch of cousins, children and grandchildren come to enjoy […]

  • Bears kick off preseason, but traffic delays some fans

    Football season is almost here, and there’s a fever in the air. Bears fans created a big turnout for Friday night’s first preseason game. Kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles was at 7 p.m. Before that, fans got into the spirit with the traditional tailgating festivities decked in orange and navy. Many fans were anxious to see the new Bears play, but some fans said they ran into challenges just trying to make it to Soldier Field. “Very long and annoying […]

  • 2 in custody after police-involved shooting at Northwest Side Jewel

    Two men are in custody after a shoplifting incident that led to a police-involved shooting. It happened at the Jewel-Osco near Foster and Harlem in the city’s Oriole Park neighborhood at about 7 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses say the two men loaded up a cart full of groceries, left the store without paying, and then loaded up their car. Store employees alerted an off-duty detective who was shopping inside. She confronted the men in the parking lot, but police say they […]


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