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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
  • TAKING ACTION INVESTIGATION: Madison County church feels misled by BP Construction

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Around 45 people, including children and babies, call New Life Community Fellowship their church home. Recently, they wanted to add on to their porch. “We have saved up for two years to get this roof put on our porch,” Pastor Paul Little explained. Both Pastor Little and Contractor Bentley Parks agree that his team at BP Construction paid $10,000, or half of the projected project. “They had the right price that they would do it for,” […]

  • Mental Health Court gives non-violent criminals an option to lead a more normal life

    MADISON, Ala. – Mental health care is something you’re hearing a lot about these days.  Officials are saying it’s the way to make sure things like the recent shooting in Florida don’t happen. In Madison County, the court system operates a special program that works to correct mental health issues for non-violent criminals. There are 32 people in Madison County’s Mental Health Court who are working to get their lives back on track. But, it’s not easy. “They have a judge […]

  • UAH nursing students, faculty, Alzheimer’s Association lobbies for Silver Alert Bill

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  One hundred nursing students from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and three faculty members boarded buses bound for Montgomery on Wednesday. They left before sunrise with hopes of making a difference in the lives of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “It’s an opportunity to help people and that’s what nurses do,” Student Dawn Brown said. Dozens of UAH students and a few faculty members took their support of the Silver Alert to Montgomery. “It’s HB 247 […]

  • Senator Shelby talks NASA, defense and gun violence during annual Washington Update

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – United States Senator Richard Shelby had nothing but nice things to say about the people, industry, and innovation in north Alabama. He came to Huntsville on Tuesday for the annual Washington Update. Hundreds of people packed the Von Braun Center’s North Hall to listen to an update from their Shelby, face to face. “He has been a big proponent and is a major reason we have had all of the additions out at Redstone Arsenal, and most recently […]

  • Taking Action to help elderly Lauderdale County woman get the service she paid for

    ELGIN, Ala. – WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker was working to help an elderly woman in Lauderdale County who was scammed out of thousands of dollars by a family friend. Unfortunately, Al had to take some time off of work following a series of strokes he suffered at the beginning of January. Jacqueline Carter trusted Brock Butler to fix her storm-damaged roof back in September. He promised to complete the work in two weeks, but it’s been more than four […]

  • First Baptist Church’s ESL program helped thousands learn English for over more than 50 years

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  When it feels like everything in life is trying to divide us, there’s a program in that’s still working to unify people from around the globe, just like it’s done for 50 years. First Baptist Church celebrated a milestone on Thursday for the English as a Second Language program. You might not realize at first glance that you are seeing First Baptist Church in Huntsville. There are classrooms filled with people of many different cultures, speaking different languages. […]

  • Madison County church offers convenient ‘Ash Wednesday’ service for drivers

    NEW MARKET, Ala. – Today isn’t just set aside for celebrating the love you have for that special person in your life. It’s Ash Wednesday, and a time for many Christians to celebrate their faith in Jesus. “It’s a part of my faith’s journey every Lent,” church member Jeanne Judge said. The New Market United Methodist Church served the community and drivers didn’t even have to put their cars in park. Pastor Christy Noren-Hentz and member Pat Lane came to the people […]

  • ‘She’s doing good,’ Adopters of one of Bobbie Taylor’s dogs give a positive update

    TONEY, Ala. – While a trial for the former Lawrence County Animal Services Director started on Monday morning, one of her victims spent another peaceful morning in the arms of a loving family. You won’t find another dog in all of Madison County who’s as loved as “Princess Puni.” “She gets the run of the house,” Owner Shayne Breeden said. “She’s the boss.” But it wasn’t always this way because she didn’t always belong to Breeden and Camile Bazar. “I understand […]

  • Veteran’s Court: Free opportunity to learn more on Friday about viable option for veterans guilty of a crime

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Leaders within the state’s criminal justice system and other agencies hope people will engage in a special conference focused on veteran’s treatment court. In 2013, Madison County introduced this program. It’s an option for veterans who need access to some help. Veterans typically fill Courtroom 3 at the Madison County Courthouse every first and third Friday afternoon of the month. This is time set aside for veteran’s court. “I feel like we owe them,” Circuit Judge Ruth […]

  • Longest-serving Madison County Assistant District Attorney remembers nearly 33 year career

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The longest-serving assistant district attorney in Madison County left the courthouse for the last time as a prosecutor a little more than a week ago. She was also a member of an elite group: some of the first women to serve in the county’s office. It took a strong woman to work in a man’s world in the 1980s. Rebekah Callahan remembers those days. “When I was young, a defense attorney, an older man, told me that […]

  • Huntsville Salon provides free haircuts to women on opening day at Owen’s House’s Salon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  A fresh haircut doesn’t just change your appearance, it can alter your attitude, improve your chance of getting a job and instill hope. Women don’t leave the Downtown Rescue Mission’s Owen’s House the same way they entered, even their appearance reflects that. “I’m very happy to make the ladies feel good about themselves.” While using donated hair care tools for ladies sitting in donated chairs, stylists from the B’Unique salon give the women their time. “I’m glad […]

  • Mother of man charged for crimes he never committed releases book to help others ‘save their children’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We met Tam Jackson when she reached out to WHNT News 19 to request assistance to prove her son’s innocence in a mistaken identity case. Now, Jackson is releasing a book to help anyone who will face a similar battle, or any obstacle for that matter. Police arrested PFC. Steven McDowell on January 27, 2017 and charged him with burglarizing two Huntsville businesses. Two months later, Tam emailed WHNT to help investigate the claims against her son. […]