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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
  • Runners, officials make last-minute preparations for the Chicago Marathon

    The countdown is on. There are only 13 hours until the big race, and runners have been coming to McCormick Place to check-in for the big day. Even if you’re not running, you may have already noticed one residual effect of this marathon—traffic gridlock. Another 1.7 million spectators expected to line the 26.2 miles of the race. That course traveling north to Addison and south to 35th street– through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. Grant Park will be closed to the public this […]

  • Parents sue CPS over teen’s suicide

    The parents of a CPS teen who committed suicide this Spring are suing the district and school board and accuse them of not following it’s bullying prevention guidelines. 12-year-old McKenzie Philpot was a 6th grader at Peirce School of International Studies on Chicago’s North Side when she took her own life on May 8th of this year. Messages McKenzie left on Facebook and Twitter point to bullying as the reason the 12 year-old no longer felt safe. Bob Bingle of […]

  • Hillary Clinton has whirlwind day of public appearances in Chicago

    The guessing game continues about whether or not Hillary Clinton will run in the next president race. The former Secretary of State was in Chicago Wednesday with a schedule packed-full of events. First stop, McCormick Place, where she served as keynote speaker for a medical conference lunch and where she couldn’t resist talking about her new role as grandma. Next, Clinton popped in at the Barnes and Noble on State and Jackson where she shook hands and drank coffee, alongside […]

  • FAA head, Illinois lawmakers tour sabotaged radar center in Aurora

    The head of the FAA and Illinois lawmakers tour the radar center in  Aurora one week after a fire caused serious damage and major air travel disruptions. What they saw: About $124 million in damages. Photos provided by the FAA show technicians cleaning up and repairing damages from last Friday’s arson, set at the hands of a contract employee. Workers are now removing soot and fire debris from the electronics, floors, walls, and ventilation systems. O’Hare Airport is now operating at about 86 percent Friday. […]

  • President Obama in Chicago for Quinn fundraiser, speech at Northwestern

    The world of Twitter blew up around 8 p.m. Wednesday as news of the president’s arrival to RPM Steak in downtown Chicago, hit the internet. He’s having dinner with friends, including White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, and Marty Nesbitt, Chair of the Obama Foundation. Pictures show the president looking very relaxed despite some close calls, after security breaches in recent weeks. The president landed in Air Force One, just after 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, in Gary. He was greeted by […]

  • Meet Chad Grimm: Illinois’ Libertarian gubernatorial candidate

    In the race for governor, it’s not just Republican versus Democrat — there’s a new voice trying to elbow in. WGN’s Courtney Gousman talks to the Libertarian candidate fighting for your vote in November, Chad Grimm.

  • Kirk calls for investigation into FAA vulnerability

    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) is demanding to know why one person was able to cripple the nation’s aviation system. He wrote a letter to the FAA administrator calling for an immediate review of screening procedures at the air-traffic control center in Aurora. Investigators say government contractor Brian Howard, 36, of Naperville was angry about his transfer to Hawaii.  They say he started a fire in the basement of the FAA facility early Friday morning, then cut all radar feeds […]

  • Air travel still snarled hours after fire at FAA facility

    Disruptions in air travel will continue into Saturday after a fire in a FAA facility broke out Friday morning. Nearly 1600 flights were cancelled Friday. Many airlines also had to cancel flights Saturday. The madness began around 6 a.m. when a temporary ground stop was issued by the FAA because of a fire at its air traffic control center in Aurora. Aurora officials confirm that the fire was deliberately started by a male employee, and this was not an act […]

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    Family reunited after boy with autism goes missing at suburban mall

    A family was reunited Thursday night after a boy who is autistic went missing inside a large shopping complex in the suburbs. 8-year-old Brooklyn Venter went missing from an outdoor play area at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie around 1 p.m. There was great concern for Brooklyn because he is autistic and his parents describe him as being “non-verbal”— he was not even likely to respond to his name. At least seven different police departments were involved in the search […]

  • Woman assaulted, robbed in suburban home; Suspect sought

    Arlington Heights police are issuing a warning to residents after a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in her home. An intruder broke into a home in the 2400 block of South Embers Ln through an unlocked window around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Those who know this woman tell me she’s an older woman– a widow who lives alone and this is not the first time her home has been broken into, it happened about a year ago. The police […]

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