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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.


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  • South suburban man exonerated after nearly 30 years in prison

    CREST HILL, Ill. — After serving nearly 30 years in prison, a south suburban man has been exonerated. Christopher Abernathy, accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 15-year-old high school student back in the 1980s, was released from prison Wednesday. Advances in DNA testing helped to vacate a murder conviction for Abernathy. And for the first time in nearly 30 years, 48-year-old Christopher Abernathy is a free man. He walked out of Stateville Correctional Center into the cold Wednesday afternoon—with […]

  • United Steelworkers to strike at BP Whiting

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  • Chicago Ridge Mall announces new rules for teens

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  • Family: CPS sub sent graphic texts to student; Police investigating

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  • City of Chicago prepares for winter storm

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  • Worker killed in Construction accident

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