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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
  • Elderly man killed in fire, wife in critical condition

    This elderly couple has lived in this home for decades.  Family members tell me, the 89-year-old husband has died from his injuries.  Firefighters believe he was cooking when the fire started. His wife, now fighting for her life. The call for help came in at 6:30 this evening, and when firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring out of this home in the 56-hundred block of south Mayfield Firefighters say the 86-year-old wife was coming home, from visiting her daughter in Orland, […]

  • Four workers injured after Chicago facade collapse

    We do know the four people hurt, were contractors hired to make repairs to this storefront, with room for 5 businesses. Two of those men rushed to Christ Hospital in critical condition. A third man taken to Holy Cross for his injuries. If you take a closer look at this store front, you can see where part of the façade collapsed. Bricks that fell from the top of this building now litter the sidewalk, closing it and even part of […]

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    Prosecutors free Alstory Simon in pivotal Illinois death penalty case

    A man was freed from prison Thursday after Cook County prosecutors threw out a double murder conviction that is linked to one of Illinois’ most pivotal death penalty cases. Alstory Simon confessed to killing two people on the South Side in 1982. His 11th hour confession in 1999 may have saved the life of Anthony Porter who had been convicted of the killings and sentenced to death. Porter was released from prison two days before his scheduled execution. Porter’s case […]

  • George Ryan on Simon release: ‘It’s what justice is all about’

    Thursday’s release of Alstory Simon, who served more than 15 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is tied to a complex case of convictions, confessions, releases and a dramatic change to Illinois’s death penalty policy. Former governor George Ryan placed a moratorium on executions in January of 2000. Ryan was once in favor of the death penalty, but even back then, the governor admitted he had “grave” concerns about the state’s record when it came to convicting the […]

  • Fight against gun violence is moving inside Illinois jails

    The fight against gun violence is moving inside Illinois jails. For the first time ever, the Dept of Corrections is inviting some tough-talking police and prosecutors inside to teach inmates headed back into society why they should stay away from guns. 56 inmates at the Sheridan Correctional Center are set for release within the next six months. As part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, they meet with prosecutors and police to learn about the gun laws that can land them right […]

  • Pastor Corey Brooks calls church burglary politically motivated

    About $8,000 was discovered stolen from a donation box early Saturday following a burglary at New Beginnings Church on the South Side. The incident was reported to police Saturday morning by a Church member. Today, Republican Candidate for governor Bruce Rauner expected to make an appearance at the church, as a show of support for Brooks. Pastor Corey Brooks says he’s been a target- and has even received death threats – since endorsing Republicans Jim Oberweis & Bruce Rauner. Brooks […]

  • Off-duty Chicago officer shot in chest during robbery attempt

    A Chicago Police Officer remains in stable condition this morning after being shot in the chest during a robbery attempt. The three men police say are responsible for the shooting are still atlarge. The 41 year-old officer was leaving the President’s Lounge at 75th and Langley in the Park Manor neighborhood early Friday morning when three suspects approached him. The officer jumped into his BMW and sped-off. But, one of the suspects opened-fire and shot the officer in the upper […]

  • Teachers strike in Waukegan stretches into third week

    Waukegan schools were closed again today and will remain closed the rest of this week as the teachers’ union and the district battle over a deal. The two sides, who are at odds over pay raises, we at the negotiating tables today but no deal has been reached. The strike has been going on for almost three weeks and is having a negative, ripple-effect on student-athletes. A total of five teams that compete in the Illinois High School Association had […]

  • Vigil held for victims in Indiana murders; Some remain unidentified

    Residents in Gary gathered Wednesday night to honor the victims of murders in Indiana. The Lake County coroner is still working to positively identify the bodies of  three of the women found in abandoned Gary homes over the weekend. So far, four women have been identified; 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy; 35-year-old Anith Jones; 28-year-old Teaira Batey and 36-year-old Christine Williams. “Jane Doe #5” is still unidentified.  The victim was found Oct 19 in the 400 block of 43rd Ave in Gary […]

  • Simon sets sights on comptroller

    Since 2011, Sheila Simon has held the second highest seat in Illinois, as Lieutenant Governor. Simon got her start in politics, serving on city council in her hometown of Carbondale. Prior to that, she prosecuted domestic violence cases for the Jackson County State Attorney’s office. Simon was catapulted to lieutenant governor after being plucked by then Lt. Governor Quinn for the Illinois Reform Commission which was put together, following Rod Blagojevich’s arrest on corruption charges. The wife and mother of […]

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