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
  • 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 […]

  • Suspect sought in armed robbery of jogger in forest preserve

    LONG GROVE, Ill — Suburban authorities are searching for a man suspected of robbing a woman while she was jogging in a forest preserve. The Lake County Forest Preserve police say the woman was jogging around 8:15 Friday morning in the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve in Long Grove when the suspect grabbed her arm, threatened her with a screw driver and took her cell phone. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 25-35 years old who is short and […]

  • Chicago group set to perform at White House

    CHICAGO — A group of talented Chicago kids are headed to meet President Obama and the First Lady while performing during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. They’re known as the “Happiness Club”- an after school group for youth ages 6 to 21. They come from all backgrounds— from every part of the city—and they’ve been spreading cheer for the last 25 years. Monday, they’ll be performing in front of 35,000 guests on the White House lawn […]

  • Controversial ‘El Chapo’ film gets Chicago-area showing

    PORTAGE PARK – A controversial independent film made about the arrest of an infamous drug king from Mexico will finally find the big screen in the Chicago area. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in 2014 and the documentary about his arrest will be shown at the Patio Theatre in Portage Park starting Friday. The filmmaker says he fought to bring his project to Chicago because this is where El Chapo Guzman’s drug cartel thrives. Arrested in February of 2014, […]

  • Crowd in Valparaiso takes stand against Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — Outrage over Indiana’s “religious freedom” law inspired a major march and protest in Valparaiso Wednesday. A crowd of students marched from campus to city hall. Members of the LGBT community fear this new law has the ability to make them targets of discrimination. While the governor and lawmakers meet to address these concerns, students at Valparaiso University decided to take action and make their voices heard. The march, coordinated by Valparaiso University students, marched more than two […]


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