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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
  • Local couple says they’ve been targeted in a hate crime — twice

    A far northwest suburban couple says they’ve been targeted in a hate crime — twice. Racial slurs were scribbled all over their garage and vehicle. James and Cindy Dunklin have been married for 6 years now. They live in a home in McHenry, Ill., where Cindy also runs a daycare. On Wednesday morning, the couple was mortified after finding someone had scribbled racial slurs on their garage and vehicle. James Dunklin tells WGN he’s taking this message personally. “It says go away, using that word that starts […]

  • Jackie Robinson West Begins Fall Ball

    They’re at it again. Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers are hitting the field to kick-off their fall season of baseball. They have lots of new faces, courtesy of their championship win last month. Nearly 23-thousand dollars in donations were handed over to the league to start the fall season. The league’s president says they plan to use it to purchase and old school building, and turn it into an indoor facility. This fall, the 9 to 11 year old division […]

  • Ceremonies around Chicagoland honor Sept 11 and victims

    Dozens of communities across Chicagoland are remembering 9-11 in their own way today. But for a handful of people in, the anniversary of this day evokes memories of a painful firsthand experience. Evanston firefighters and residents who gathered at Firemen’s Park to honor those lives lost during 9-11. 9-11 survivor and Evanston resident, Mark Shore, was one of those who decided to mark the occasion by attending the ceremony. 13 years ago, he was working inside the World Trade Center […]

  • Pregnant woman sexually assaulted, stuffed in trunk on South Side

    A pregnant college student was sexually assaulted and then forced into a trunk in Chicago’s Rosemoor neighborhood in broad daylight Wednesday. The 24-year-old victim’s father says she was on her lunch break in between classes at Chicago State where she is a criminal justice student. She stopped by 98th and Indiana to visit a relative. She was getting books out of her trunk, when a man approached her with a knife, and forced her back inside the vehicle. The man […]

  • 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.  

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