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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
  • Attorney General Holder visits Chicago for talk on communities, police

    Elected officials, community leaders and youth participated in a roundtable Friday afternoon, led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, on how to create trust between communities and police. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also attended the event. The gap between communities and police has been become extremely apparent following grand jury verdicts in Ferguson and New York, where grand juries refused to indict police officers for the deaths of black males. The roundtable group, which was encouraged […]

  • Two men caught on camera attacking elderly CTA Blue Line passenger

    Police are looking for two men who assaulted an elderly man on the CTA’s Blue Line. The fight was captured on video and posted on YouTube. The recording shows two men taking turns smacking and jabbing an elderly man on the Blue Line near the Racine stop. The victim never filed a report according to Chicago police, but community leaders are calling for justice to be served so police have launched an investigation. The video has been watched 90,000 times. It […]

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    Community activist who fights for peace now fighting for her life

    She’s more than a community activist, she’s a fighter for peace in Chicago’s streets. Ameena Matthews steps in between potentially deadly conflicts to prevent shootings. And now she is now in the middle the greatest fight of her life. Ameena was diagnosed this year with multiple myeloma— a form of cancer that currently has no cure. A disease that’s expected to dramatically cut her life-span. For more than 8 years, Ameena has used her voice to help squash street-beef before […]

  • Another night of protests yields more arrests

    Chicago police have so far arrested five people in tonight’s protest in downtown. The crowd has grown since the march started around 1 p.m. this afternoon.  But it has remained peaceful for the most part, stopping at points for moments of silence for both Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Demonstrators are protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York City police officer for the chokehold death of Garner as well as a similar decision in Ferguson, Missouri. […]

  • Investigation expected after gay choir director fired from Catholic church files complaint

    Federal and county officials are getting involved in allegations of discrimination, after a Catholic choir director says he was fired for professing plans to marry his gay lover. The complaint filed Thursday is expected to trigger investigations EEOC and the Cook County Commission on Human Rights and could make for a landmark lawsuit. It started this summer with a Facebook posting. Colin Collette announced he was engaged to be married to his longtime lover following the passage of Illinois’ same […]

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    2 fatally shot in Joliet; suspect still at large

    Joliet police searched Wednesday for suspects in a shooting that killed two men and wounded another. Investigators say the victims were standing in the driveway of a home in the 400 block of Strong Ave. Tuesday night when they were ambushed by gunfire. One of the men ran into a nearby home.  He was airlifted to Loyola Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his back. The other two were pronounced dead at the hospital. They’ve been identified as Keon […]

  • Chicago Nordstrom reopens after Friday murder suicide

    The Magnificent mile Nordstrom that was the site of a murder suicide on Friday night, reopened Sunday morning. Nadia Ezaldein, a 22 year old employee of the store, passed away on Saturday afternoon following the shooting. Investigators say her ex-boyfriend, Marcus Dee, 31, of Chicago, walked into Nordstrom’s accessories department Friday night and shot Ezaldein in the back of the head and then turned the gun on himself. Ezaldein’s sister says the University of Chicago student was a seasonal employee […]

  • Wendell Phillips Academy loses state championship

    Wendell Phillips Academy fell short of its goal to become the first public league team to win the state championship. The team faced Rochester for the 4A title in Champaign.  Rochester beat Phillips 49-28. Despite the loss, the school’s principal says the team will be honored at a rally next week. RELATED: Wendell Phillips’ quest for state champs

  • Wendell Phillips’ quest for state champs

    They’ve overcome tremendous odds, just to get an education, and now another group of Chicago students are on the verge of making history. Wendell Phillip’s football team is in Champaign playing for a state championship. If they win, it will be the first in the history of Chicago Public League teams. Keep in mind, Wendell Phillips is the city’s oldest black school, but in recent years, has struggled academically. But it seems all that is changing, with the football team […]

  • Some skipping turkey for shopping this Thanksgiving

    This Thanksgiving, some people are opting to push back time with family to get some Christmas shopping done. Fernando Mendes said he was looking for coats this holiday. “They are featuring some really good prices and also appliances for the house,” he said. Dozens of people lined up outside the K-Mart at Addison and Kedzie Thursday morning, waiting for the doors to open at 6:00am. Others say they will wait until after dinner and shop at the stores that open […]


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