Courtney Gouseman

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
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    Mom shares emotional story, passion for March of Dimes

    Premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five, worldwide. Five March of Dimes research centers, including one in Chicago, are working to find what causes premature births.  Researchers look at everything from genetics and environment, to socio-economics. Preventing those early births is the main goal of the March of Dimes. On Sunday, thousands will gather to help support that cause. One Chicago mother who received help from the non-profit will once again be […]

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    CPD torture victim: ‘I confessed to a crime that I did not commit’

    CHICAGO — It was a black eye for the Chicago Police Department. The notorious Jon Burge years. Suspects were tortured and beaten — many times into confessions — by Chicago police under the command of Burge. The practice lasted over the course of three decades starting in the 1970s. Eric Caine was arrested in 1986 and taken to the Chicago Police department’s Area 2 headquarters. He was interrogated about the double murder of an elderly couple, during the infamous Burge […]

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    Chicago library housing historic collection of black literature in jeopardy

    CHICAGO — A storm is brewing in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood and it’s all over a library that houses a priceless collection of literature. The building, which is in dire need of attention, is literally falling apart. The community is crying foul, and demanding that action be taken. “You wouldn’t know that is was a library, that it was this incredible resource. This cultural center — museum if you will,” said Melvin Thompson, executive director of the Endeleo Institute. The Carter G. […]

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    Arrested and imprisoned as child, Chicagoan now gives voice to youth behind bars

    CHICAGO – Xavier McElrath-Bey is a man who is proof that second chances can lead to transformation and atonement. The year was 1989. Xavier was just 13-years-old. In the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, at 50th and Ada, he helped his fellow gang members carry out the brutal murder of a 14-year-old. “The fact is, he was a child. You know? I mean, I was too, but still that doesn’t take away any guilt from me. It was a […]

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    Couple turns an unimaginable loss into help, healing for other families

    CHICAGO — A Chicago couple who experienced an unfathomable loss is turning the tragedy into triumph and helping other families. George and Suheily Davis married in November 2013 and a month later Suheily was pregnant.  For eight and a half months, Suheily and George prepared to welcome their little girl, Cadence. A 3d ultrasound in July of 2014, would give them a clearer image of their baby girl but it was during that appointment technicians inform the couple they could […]

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    Group wants to change Chicago’s tarnished image one hug at a time

    Would you hug a perfect stranger? Members of a homegrown music group say that’s exactly what they plan to do, part of a love campaign, that might just help curb Chicago’s gun violence. Foster and Jack is a four piece group from Chicago that spends much of their time in the studio, recording and working to help alter Chicago’s tarnished image. They’re working on their sophomore album while preparing to roll-out a campaign, that may help heal Chicago. The group […]

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    Vietnam vets still consumed by horrors of war

    CHICAGO — To this day 500,000  of the 3 million troops who served in Vietnam still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and rates of divorce, suicide, alcoholism and drug addiction were markedly higher among veterans. The United States became involved in Vietnam as an ally to France. The French, seeking to regain control of South Vietnam, were battling the communist reign of the North Vietnamese. WGN spoke with two veterans who still carry the burden of war to this day: Doug Alexander, uncle of WGN-TV […]

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    The state of HIV in Chicago

    CHICAGO — WGN is looking into the state of HIV in Chicago. We learned there’s a huge disparity when it comes to the presence of the virus in black communities compared to other neighborhoods. Doctor Maya Green, founder of Real Talk HIV, came up with the idea of creating what she calls “message trees,”  placing them in Chicago neighborhoods with high rates of HIV. Two trees sit in front of ICE theaters in North Lawndale. To get the word out, Green enlisted the help of […]

  • Democrats to propose 1-month budget for essential services

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state’s most powerful Democrat says the Illinois House will approve a temporary budget to ensure continued services as a new fiscal year starts Wednesday without a spending agreement. House Speaker Michael Madigan says the $2.3 billion proposal would pay for state police protection, monitoring sex offenders, health care coverage for the poor and disabled and more. The Chicago Democrat says it’s “another opportunity” for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to avoid a government shutdown. Rauner’s office […]

  • Federal authorities investigate Chicago Public Schools

    CHICAGO — Federal investigators are questioning several Chicago Public School employees, possibly related to a $20 million dollar contract the district has with a local company. Many sources say a raid was executed on in two locations Tuesday; CPS offices and a north suburban training company with a very lucrative contract with the school district. CPS board president, David Vitale, confirmed that federal agents are in the middle of investigating an allegation of misconduct within the school district. The feds […]


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