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Courtney is thrilled to continue her tour of Sweet Home Alabama at WHNT. You can catch her on the weekday morning show as a multimedia journalist Monday through Wednesday, and producing the weekend morning show.

Courtney’s love for this area started during her first job at WTVY in Dothan, AL. She began as an MMJ specifically covering the Florida Panhandle. During that time, Courtney won two Florida Associated Press Awards for Best Series Reporting and Best Hard News Feature. For Best Series Reporting, Courtney spoke one-on-one with present and former Florida prison inmates about their participation in re-entry programs. For Best Hard News Feature, she teamed up with a former co-worker for coverage of bodies being exhumed at the infamous Dozier School for boys in Marianna, Florida.

Courtney’s favorite part of working with WTVY was when she covered Dale County, AL as a bureau reporter. She says the friendships she made there, as well as those at the station, made the area feel like home.

Courtney was born a Yankee in her small hometown of Coshocton, OH, but she feels she was born to be a Southerner.

Before heading to Alabama, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Communications and a minor in Public Relations from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. During her college years, Courtney enjoyed co-hosting a morning radio talk show with her good friend, anchoring the college’s student-run weekly newscast, being a member of the Student Government Association Slate and spending time with her Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sisters.

When she’s not trying to get the scoop on what’s happening in your neighborhoods, she enjoys exploring the area, catching up with her family in Ohio, visiting friends, volunteering, and trying to fulfill her New Year’s Resolutions of learning to cook and continuing to strengthen her faith.

In addition to news tips, Courtney is always looking for ways to develop roots in the community. If you have any suggestions, feel free to email her at courtney.crown@whnt.com, follow her on Twitter: @courtcrownwhnt, or add her on Facebook: Courtney Crown Whnt.

Recent Articles
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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – More than 100 people cast a line into Brahan Spring Park’s water during the first ever Senior Fishing Rodeo on Thursday morning. “You gotta catch them under their fin, they got fins and as long as you don’t hit one of those, you’re good,” Fisherman Ivey Townsend said. Townsend’s been reeling them in for as long as he can remember. “Had to go fishing to eat,” Townsend said. Townsend wowed the crowd with his large catch merely […]

  • Madison woman answers call to care for a child fighting for his life in the NICU

    MADISON, Ala. – We know families aren’t only created by shared blood lines, that connection is made in many special ways. One Madison woman knew she was entering motherhood shortly after she answered a life changing phone call. Danielle Smiley, in her own words, always wanted to care for the least of these. “My heart has been this for as long as I can remember,” Smiley said. In June, Smiley answered a phone call from the hospital merely days after obtaining her […]

  • Madison Police urge parents to learn more about recognizing drug use and abuse

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison Police officers want to uphold their promise to protect the people and their homes. So, they’re inviting everyone to a free community drug awareness event on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the police department located at 100 Hughes Road. “Open, honest dialogue between parents and children is so important,” Capt. John Stringer said while encouraging parents to come to the event. To open the conversations, Madison Police want parents to know what they’re talking about. “We would really […]

  • Bob Jones Culinary Arts Team heading to Houston for national NASA HUNCH culinary competition

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  A team from Bob Jones High School is making an out of this world dish for astronauts. They’ll find out if it passes the taste test when they participate in the national NASA HUNCH Culinary Competition in Houston on April 20 at the Johnson Space Center. Bob Jones Student Tamia Johnson is a member of the culinary arts team heading to the competition. “We have been working each and every Wednesday,” Johnson said. “Staying after school repeatedly to try and […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Dispatchers say knowing where you are before what’s happening is vital in an emergency

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  • Sen. Strange answers questions related to Bentley investigation

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  • New animal rescue facility will make its home in Madison County this year

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  • Discovery Middle School honors children in military-connected families this month

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  • TAKING ACTION: Families impacted by Alzheimer’s, dementia should prepare for wandering beforehand

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  • Huntsville Islamic Center to host “Meet your Muslim Neighbor” on Saturday

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  • Arts Huntsville seeking volunteers for Panoply Arts Festival

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