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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
  • Girl, stem cell donor meet for first time to celebrate both lives

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill — A 2nd grade girl celebrated her life today by meeting the man who saved it. 8-year-old Sabrina Chahir was waging a long battle with a severe form of blood cancer. That is until a man from Germany stepped up to donate his stem cells to be used for her transplant. Thursday Sabrina met her donor, 30-year-old Maximilain Eule at a special celebration courtesy of the owners of Pilot Pete’s. In 2011, he donated stem cells to Sabrina […]

  • Members of Rainbow Push among those stuck on Kentucky winter roads

    ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Winter isn’t done yet. Motorists have been stranded for hours after a snowstorm hit parts of the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Eastern U.S. Kentucky’s governor has declared a state of emergency and the National Guard was called-out to assist. Several tractor trailers jackknifed, causing the massive backups and stranding hundreds. The wife of the Rev Jesse Jackson was among those stuck in the bad weather. Jackie Jackson was traveling with some members of the Rainbow Push Coalition. […]

  • Cedar Lake 17-year-old stabbed to death

    CEDAR LAKE, Ind. — 17-year-old Alton Bradley, just months away from graduation, was stabbed to death Tuesday night. The stabbing occurred near the intersection of 142nd place and Lauerman in Cedar Lake, Ind. Police told WGN Bradley and one of his friends— both Hanover Central High School students — were stabbed during what’s being described as a “melee” Tuesday night. Police said prior to the stabbing, two vehicles had been chasing each other around Cedar Lake. The driver of one […]

  • Trucker convicted of 5 counts in fatal I-88 crash

    WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A judge has found a truck driver guilty of five counts in connection with a crash that killed an Illinois Tollway worker and injured a state trooper. Renato Velasquez of Hanover Park was convicted Thursday of charges including failing to avoid a stationary emergency vehicle, driving more than 14 hours after a 10-hour rest period and driving while impaired by fatigue. He was acquitted during the bench trial of multiple counts of falsifying his log book. Velasquez […]

  • Timothy Jones found guilty of murder

    CHICAGO – Timothy Jones has been found guilty of murder in the death of Jacqueline Reynolds. Jury deliberations continued Saturday. Jurors were trying to decide whether Jones was responsible for the death of Reynolds. The case was unusual because the defendant did not physically kill the victim; Chicago Police crashed into the innocent woman driving through the South Shore neighborhood as they were chasing Jones. Jones was a suspect in an armed robbery home invasion. His cousin, Jeffery Richardson, says he doesn’t believe Jones is responsible […]

  • Chicago group contends local Muslims target of more hateful actions

    CHICAGO — As ISIS continues to dominate headlines, a Chicago group says more hate is being directed at local Muslims. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR Chicago, wants to make the public aware of a number of recent threats to the Islamic community in the Chicago area. A recent incident of “hate graffiti” discovered on the bathroom walls of Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park is just one of the examples CAIR offers. CAIR leaders believe it has […]

  • Police seek suspects in cell phone store robbery

    CHICAGO — Police are seeking two suspects after a cell phone store in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood was robbed Thursday. Around 1 p.m., three masked men in hoodies entered the Boost Mobile store at 73rd and Stony Island. Workers inside the market next door were alerted to the robbery when a customer came in inquiring about the scene inside the Boost Mobile. The owner of Boost Mobile also owns the three neighboring businesses in the complex and they are all […]

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    Obama honors historically significant Chicago neighborhood

    CHICAGO –President Barack Obama says protecting places of beauty and historical significance is an American ideal. Obama was in Chicago on Thursday to designate the Pullman National Monument, honoring the historic South Side neighborhood where African-American railroad workers won a significant labor agreement in the 1930s. Obama began his career as a community organizer nearby. He says it’s where he learned so much, made lifelong friends and became a man. The president also announced a program to offer fourth-graders and […]

  • Dangerous, record-breaking cold hits Chicago area

    CHICAGO — The bitter and dangerous cold continues to lock the Chicago area in its grip. The high temperature on Thursday afternoon is expected to get no higher than 4 above. A wind chill advisory is in effect for several counties including Cook, De Kalb, DuPage, Kane and Will. Wind chills are expected to be 20 to 30 degrees below zero. Many schools, including CPS, cancelled classes Thursday. CPS said in a statement, “While classes are cancelled, CPS buildings will […]

  • Warming centers open as Chicagoans battle brutal cold

    CHICAGO –The bitter cold can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of older people. Oak Street Health Community Centers will serve as warming centers for seniors to ensure they are safe and warm. The warming centers will be open Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be offering free coffee, hot chocolate, tea and entertainment. For more info, go to: www.oakstreethealth.com For the latest weather updates go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com

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