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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
  • Four members of a family found dead inside Elmhurst home

    Police have identified four members of a family who were found dead from a murder-suicide in a home in west suburban Elmhurst on Saturday night. They were identified by police as Francis and Joan Stack, both 82; Francis Stack Jr., 48; and Mary Stack, 57. The victims were found inside a home in the 600 block of South Chatham Avenue in Elmhurst about 6:45 p.m. Police had been called for a “well-being check,” said Police Chief Michael Ruth, in a […]

  • Police commander accused of sticking gun into suspect’s mouth

    A Chicago police commander will be in bond court Thursday on charges of sticking a gun into a suspect’s mouth. Glenn Evans was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct, by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Evans was accused of placing his gun inside a suspect’s mouth during an arrest in January of 2013. The Independent Police Review authority says Evans was named in 14 complaints between 2001 and 2006. Chicago attorney Flint Taylor, who has successfully sued the […]

  • Restaurant owners alleged discrimination; hold candlelight protest

    A River North restaurant held a candlelight vigil tonight, claiming they’re victims of racial discrimination. The African-American owners of Nouveau Tavern claim they’ve been targeted, because they’re in a predominantly white neighborhood. The problems came to a head, last week after a night of egging, targeting customers’ cars, followed by someone spray-painting a racial slur on the building in the middle of the night. A company spokesman says some River North residents have complained to the alderman and police about […]

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    Second to None: City cheers for Jackie Robinson West

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West lost to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game Sunday. JRW’s amazing run ended with a 8-4 loss. A parade for the team will take place in the city on Wednesday.  It will begin on the South Side and end at Millennium Park.  The exact times will be announced later.  

  • Jackie Robinson West wins U.S. finals in World Series

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West wins U.S finals in Little League World Series. In the bottom of the first inning, JRW was down 3 to nothing against Nevada when Trey Hondras sends one over the right field wall for a 2 run homer. Josh Houston pitched three straight score-less innings… allowing the team to take the lead. Fast forward to the bottom of the fifth inning, the score is tied at 5, Brandon Green hits a grounder to third which is […]

  • VIDEOS: Fans around Chicago celebrate Jackie Robinson West’s win

    Fans watched and held their breath Saturday as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West won an intense U.S. final game in the Little League World Series.  

  • Burbank hit hard by rain and flood water

    As night fell on this area, water continues to slowly recede. But residents are waiting for a fix to be made, to bring some real relief. Walter and Linda Waszczuk, have lived together in this home for more than 13 years. “I’ve never see it like this.” It’s a home that now looks like an island. Water in the front yard. Water in the backyard. Taking over their garage. “Outdoor furniture.” And yes, even in their basement, where their belongings […]

  • 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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