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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    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 […]

  • Chaperone saves life of man in cardiac arrest

    NORTH AURORA, Ill.-  For North Aurora firefighter Mark Bozik, it’s 24 hours on—and 48 hours off. Wednesday, the father of two, was looking forward to spending time with his daughter, chaperoning a field trip to Brookfield Zoo. The two, among a group of 30, waiting to take-off from West Aurora High– when panic set-in. Mark Bozik, North Aurora Firefighter Paramedic: “Somebody said, ‘somebody please call 911.’ I looked over and saw where he had collapsed.” A fellow chaperone went into […]

  • Fight to increase minimum wage continues in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The fight to increase minimum wage continues here in Chicago. College students across the U.S. as well as high school students and community members participated in a march and rally on April 11. The “Fight for 15” campaign partnered with M.E.Ch.A., a student activist movement that promotes higher education, culture, and history. Coordinators say raising the minimum wage will help with that cause. Those rallying Saturday say this fight is especially important for students. In just a few days, on April 15, […]

  • ‘It went dead calm:’ Witnesses to tornadoes in Fairdale, Rochelle

    FAIRDALE, Ill — One person was killed and several were injured a night of severe storms and reported tornadoes. Witnesses to the storms and damages described the scene for WGN News.    

  • ISU community mourning those lost in plane crash

    NORMAL, Ill. — The Illinois State University men’s basketball coach, one his players, and the athletics director fondly remember on Wednesday two colleagues who were among the seven people killed in a small plane crash downstate. 36 year-old Torrey Ward and 37 year-old Aaron Leetch died when their plane went down in a field near the airport in Bloomington. There was very heavy fog at the time. Torrey was the associate head coach of the men’s basketball team. Leetch was […]

  • Thoughts with Cardinal George during Easter celebrations

    Tonight many are celebrating holy Saturday, as we’re just hours away from Easter Sunday. Archbishop Blase Cupich is marking his first Easter Vigil Mass here in Chicago. This is one of the longest masses Catholics will attend throughout the entire year, running almost 3 hours. Part of the service was held outdoors, when Archbishop Cupich blessed the Pascal Fire, and then lit the Easter candle. The service then moved indoors, where parishioners shared the flame to light their own candles. […]

  • Amid hoop video controversy, CPD uses basketball for good

    CHICAGO — It’s the incident that’s created tension between Chicago Police and some Little Village residents: an officer stars in a video, now making the rounds on social media. The video features the officer bashing a neighborhood basketball rim. Fast-forward to Saturday, as officers participated in a basketball tournament designed to foster better community relationships. Those who owned the rim from the video said they were playing a game of pick-up in the street when the officer showed-up and busted […]


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