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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
  • Simon sets sights on comptroller

    Since 2011, Sheila Simon has held the second highest seat in Illinois, as Lieutenant Governor. Simon got her start in politics, serving on city council in her hometown of Carbondale. Prior to that, she prosecuted domestic violence cases for the Jackson County State Attorney’s office. Simon was catapulted to lieutenant governor after being plucked by then Lt. Governor Quinn for the Illinois Reform Commission which was put together, following Rod Blagojevich’s arrest on corruption charges. The wife and mother of […]

  • Family of deceased SIU student seeks answers

    Today marks 8 months to the day the of body of 19 year-old Parvin Varughese was discovered in a wooded area in Carbondale. That discovery came 9 days after Pravin was reported missing, following a party. Since then, there has been a whirlwind of conflicting reports surrounding Pravin’s death investigation. The Jackson County Coroner says he died of hypothermia, but an independent autopsy commissioned by Pravin’s family shows the student had several bruises and scratches on his body, and suffered […]

  • Missing suburban teen found

    UPDATE: 17 year old Eric Johnson was discovered safe at a friend’s home in Paxton, IL. A hearing-impaired student is missing tonight in the far western suburbs. Eric Johnson of Montgomery, was last seen on Wednesday on his 17th birthday. Johnson is a junior at Burlington Central High School, where he’s a member of the cross country team. Johnson’s mother says her son is responsible for getting to school on time, and disappearing like this is unlike him. However, Johnson […]

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    Man accused of shooting 2 McHenry County deputies in court today

    Authorities have arrested a man suspected in the shooting of two McHenry County Sheriff deputies Thursday morning. The McHenry County Sheriff  apprehended 52-year old Scott Peters around 5 p.m in Crystal Lake several miles from his home. Peters has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Peters has a military background and had been on the run for over 15 hours. The incident began early Thursday morning when officers responded […]

  • Waukegan teachers strike nearing two weeks

    Schools will remain closed again Friday in Waukegan as teacher contract negotiations continue. Teachers and staff have been on strike for nearly two weeks. Salary issues continue to be the major point on which the two sides cannot agree. The district has said the two sides have reached tentative agreements on a number of other issues. More than 17,000 students have been out of school since Oct 2.

  • Runners get ready for the 37th annual Chicago Marathon

    The marathon steps off at 7:30 in the morning. It’s the mother of all races here in Chicago, bringing together runners from all 50 states, and 150 different countries. This group of women call themselves, “Diva Moms on the Run.” And they came all the way from Puerto Rico, for one thing. “This is our first full marathon. That’s why we say we are full crazy!” These moms are among the 45-thousand runners signed-up for the 37th annual “Bank of […]

  • Runners, officials make last-minute preparations for the Chicago Marathon

    The countdown is on. There are only 13 hours until the big race, and runners have been coming to McCormick Place to check-in for the big day. Even if you’re not running, you may have already noticed one residual effect of this marathon—traffic gridlock. Another 1.7 million spectators expected to line the 26.2 miles of the race. That course traveling north to Addison and south to 35th street– through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. Grant Park will be closed to the public this […]

  • Parents sue CPS over teen’s suicide

    The parents of a CPS teen who committed suicide this Spring are suing the district and school board and accuse them of not following it’s bullying prevention guidelines. 12-year-old McKenzie Philpot was a 6th grader at Peirce School of International Studies on Chicago’s North Side when she took her own life on May 8th of this year. Messages McKenzie left on Facebook and Twitter point to bullying as the reason the 12 year-old no longer felt safe. Bob Bingle of […]

  • Hillary Clinton has whirlwind day of public appearances in Chicago

    The guessing game continues about whether or not Hillary Clinton will run in the next president race. The former Secretary of State was in Chicago Wednesday with a schedule packed-full of events. First stop, McCormick Place, where she served as keynote speaker for a medical conference lunch and where she couldn’t resist talking about her new role as grandma. Next, Clinton popped in at the Barnes and Noble on State and Jackson where she shook hands and drank coffee, alongside […]

  • FAA head, Illinois lawmakers tour sabotaged radar center in Aurora

    The head of the FAA and Illinois lawmakers tour the radar center in  Aurora one week after a fire caused serious damage and major air travel disruptions. What they saw: About $124 million in damages. Photos provided by the FAA show technicians cleaning up and repairing damages from last Friday’s arson, set at the hands of a contract employee. Workers are now removing soot and fire debris from the electronics, floors, walls, and ventilation systems. O’Hare Airport is now operating at about 86 percent Friday. […]


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