An Emmy Award-nominated journalist, Cortney Hall joined WGN News as a CLTV anchor in December 2013, and now delivers the latest news headlines on the 9 o’clock hour of WGN Morning News.

Previously, Cortney was a news anchor and reporter at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida. Cortney began her career at Bloomberg News in New York City, where she produced various morning news segments.

Cortney got her Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2003. She went on to get her Master of Arts from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.

Cortney was born and raised in the Oak Brook suburb of Chicago. She attended Fenwick High School.

If she’s not in the newsroom, you can usually find Cortney at the driving range or whipping up something tasty in the kitchen. She also enjoys spending time outside or playing tennis.

Check out Cortney’s website here

Recent Articles
  • The story behind the ‘Green Book’

    The film “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, is garnering a lot of Oscar buzz. The title is a reference to “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide for African Americans that helped them navigate a country that was often hostile towards them. the movie “Green Book,” classical pianist Dr. Don Shirley is about to embark on a tour in deep south. Knowing the prejudice he’s sure to face, his managers equip his driver, Tony, with […]

  • Web Extras: Martin Luther King and the 1966 Chicago Freedom Movement

    Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago with his family in 1966 with a plan to call attention to the city’s racial inequalities, especially housing, education and employment opportunities. He lead marches through segregated neighborhoods, demonstrated in front of real estate offices and held rallies as part of the Chicago Freedom Movement. The WGN archive video below features extended scenes and speeches by King in Chicago that summer as well as during other visits in the 1960s.

  • Girls take part in the Icebox Derby

    CHICAGO — It was race day for young women from all over the Chicago area who worked for weeks building their own go-karts out of old, recycled  refrigerators. It’s ComEd’s 5th annual Icebox Derby, aimed at getting girls interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The competition included 30 girls in six teams, each given a recycled fridge, a guide book and mentors from ComEd.

  • Radio host Ricky Smiley gifts teen a car after graduation photo goes viral

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Radio host Ricky Smiley and his celebrity friends gifted an Alabama teen quite the graduation gift. The host, along with Tyrese, Mike Epps and Da Brat, gave Corey Patrick a brand new SUV. Someone posted on Facebook a photo of the teen taking the bus to his high school graduation ceremony. The viral photo caught the attention of Smiley. Smiley said he saw the photo and wanted to make sure Patrick had everything he needed for his next […]

  • Envision Unlimited participates in MB Bike the Drive Sunday

    CHICAGO – MB Bike the Drive is this Sunday, May 27. And there’s a new team excited to participate.  For the first time Envision Unlimited, an organization that helps adults with cognitive disabilities has its Buddy biking Program ready to hit the drive on tandem bikes. “Sometimes we ride the bike to learn  to not give up, ” said Jamie Portillo, a client at Envision.  She is riding with her partner Depaul student Eric Baze. Tandem bikes were donated to […]

  • Rare footage shows MLK bringing the Freedom Movement to Chicago in 1966

    CHICAGO — In the summer of 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved his family to Chicago’s West Side to call attention to the segregated, slum conditions many black people were living in. As part of the Chicago Freedom Movement, Dr. King fought against de facto segregation in Chicago’s housing, education and business practices. Teaming up with local activists, King led marches and negotiated with Mayor Daley. On the 50th anniversary of King’s death, we’re sharing these stories by WGN’s Cortney Hall […]

  • Pastor brings Israeli trauma treatment program to Chicago to help gun violence victims

    CHICAGO — Many Chicagoans may balk at the comparison of our city to a war zone. But Chicago pastor Chris Harris saw some striking similarities when he visited Tel Aviv in 2012. “I was in the Holy Land and I believe God was revealing to me an assignment that I should take on in my life,” he said. While there, he discovered an organization called NATAL. It’s a trauma center established to treat victims of terror and war suffering from […]

  • WGN hosts broadcast camp for young journalists

    CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, WGN worked with Breakthrough Urban Ministries to show students in grades six through 12 what it takes to be a journalist. Last year, the students put together a piece highlighting a community garden in the Garfield Park neighborhood. This year, WGN upped the ante and the students spent the week long camp creating their own newscast. WGN Morning News’ Cortney Hall and producer Afua Owusu teamed up with the West Side […]

  • 11-year-old scores higher IQ than Einstein

    ENGLAND — Anrnav Sharma recently scored a 162 on the Mensa Test without any preparation. A 162 is the highest mark you can get on the test, putting Arnav in the top 1% of the nation in terms of IQ. To put this achievement in perspective, both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking scored a 160 on the test. A 140 is considered the genius marker. Aside from the high test score, he’s a fairly normal kid. He enjoys badminton, swimming, […]

  • Priest robbed at gunpoint while walking dog

    CHICAGO — A priest from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was robbed early this morning. It happened in the 9100 block of S. Baltimore Ave. The priest was walking his dog when another man asked him for a dollar. When he took out his wallet, the man showed him a gun and demanded his wallet. The priest said that he’s not mad, he just “feels sad about the kid who felt the need to do this,” and he is […]

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