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Courtney is honored to serve the Tennessee Valley as a member of the WHNT News 19 Investigative Team by diligently working on reports that create awareness, fix problems, stop scams or simply improve life for the people in the community.

Courtney won the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2017 for a documentary on the Downtown Rescue Mission. She was a part of a team of three that produced a 30-minute special on the help and healing that happens within the walls of the mission.

Courtney’s proudest moment so far is July 13, 2017. That is the day prosecutors dropped burglary charges against a man misidentified in a 2016 case. The man’s mother asked WHNT News 19 for help to prove her son’s innocence.

Courtney answered the call and worked countless hours over a four-month period to convince both the defense and the prosecution they had the wrong man. One day before her report aired, the assistant district attorney dropped the charges. She is now working with the man to get his charges expunged from his once-clean record.

Courtney fell in love with the South when she took 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 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 isn’t reporting, she enjoys strengthening her faith, spending time with her sweet chocolate Labrador, Astro, and grabbing brunch with friends.

In addition to news tips, Courtney is always looking for ways to develop deeper 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
  • Officer-involved shooting victim’s family calls on AG’s office to allow local DA to handle case

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The family of a man shot by police during an altercation at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover on Thanksgiving are speaking out against the Alabama attorney general taking over the investigation. Activists have called for transparency in the investigation in the days since the shooting. The City of Hoover and the Hoover Police Department had been issuing weekly updates on the case throughout the investigation however, there was no update issued Monday. The City and Hoover Police […]

  • ACLU of Alabama, Alabama NAACP file for policies, racial bias training material from local police departments

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The ACLU of Alabama and Alabama NAACP filed public records requests on Wednesday to police departments in Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, Hoover, Huntsville, and Saraland. They are requesting the departments’ use-of-force policies, body camera policies, and racial bias training materials, following the tragic shooting of E.J. Bradford and “numerous incidents of excessive use of force in Alabama.” These civil rights groups are pushing for transparency and accountability as the state wrestles with the “abuses towards people of color.” The […]

  • Total of five lawsuits filed against bus company, driver in November fatal crash

    With recent court filings, there are now five lawsuits filed against the bus company and its driver, involved in November’s deadly crash in DeSoto County, Mississippi. Two women from Huntsville were killed in the crash and dozens more were injured. The bus was traveling from Huntsville to a casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Two Madison County residents who were on the bus at the time of the crash were the first to sue the agency and its driver. Four more lawsuits […]

  • Alabama prison homicide rate highest in nation, according to Equal Justice Initiative report

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the span of three hours at a southwest Alabama prison, one inmate was fatally stabbed and another was seriously wounded after being stabbed in a separate fight. Eighteen inmates have been killed by other inmates since October of 2016, according to statistics and news releases from the Department of Corrections. The Montgomery-based nonprofit organization Equal Justice Initiative released a report last week finding that Alabama’s prisons are the most lethal in the nation. The report […]

  • NAACP requests federal investigation into fatal Riverchase Galleria shooting, US Attorney responds

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Officials with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund have asked federal authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Thanksgiving night police shooting death of 21-year-old Emantic “E.J.” Bradford Jr. at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, according to an article written by our news partners at AL.com. Sherrilyn A. Ifill, President and Director Counsel for the LDF, on Thursday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Jay Town requesting his office investigate the circumstances around the alleged fight and shooting that left Bradford dead at […]

  • Merchants, Hoover officials, US senator speak out about impact of Riverchase Galleria shooting investigation

    A Birmingham radio host spoke with Hoover’s police chief, Nick Derzis,  Mayor Frank Brocato and the city’s administrator, Allan Rice, on Thursday morning. Shortly after, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones shared his thoughts with reporters. The officials on the radio show answered the questions they could, as listeners called in with inquiries related to the Riverchase Galleria shooting that happened on Thanksgiving. Chief Derzis confirmed the officers at the mall were on duty for Hoover, working a ‘special detail.’ Derzis said the officers heard shots […]

  • Lawyer for suspect in initial Riverchase Galleria shooting says his client isn’t guilty

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The lawyer for a man charged in an Alabama mall shooting that preceded a police killing on Thanksgiving says his client isn’t guilty. Charles Salvagio represents 20-year-old Erron Martez Dequan Brown. The Bessemer man is charged with attempted murder in a shooting that wounded a teenager at a mall in Hoover, near Birmingham. Salvagio said Tuesday that Brown is not guilty, but he declined to elaborate. The lawyer says he may hold a news conference soon […]

  • Family: Autopsy shows police shot Hoover mall shooting victim Emantic Bradford from behind

    HOOVER, Ala. – A privately-commissioned autopsy shows Emantic Bradford Jr. was shot in the back by Hoover police who were responding to a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria. The Bradford family attorney, Benjamin Crump, announced the results of the autopsy Monday morning — the same day Hoover police and city officials announced they would not release “critical information” about the shooting at the request of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which is investigating the shooting. The shooting resulted in the […]

  • Riverchase Galleria mall shooting suspect waives extradition during Georgia hearing

    FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Dressed in a jumpsuit that read “Fulton County Inmate,” the Riverchase Galleria shooting suspect waived extradition in a Georgia courtroom on Friday. Now, authorities in Alabama have 15 days to pick him up from the Fulton County jail. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, of Bessemer, was arrested in Fairburn, Ga., around 9 a.m. Thursday. The judge told Brown if Alabama authorities did not pick him up in that time frame, he […]

  • 18-year-old Good Samaritan tends to 12-year-old shooting victim on Thanksgiving at Hoover’s Riverchase Galleria

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A 12-year-old girl is still recovering from being shot inside the Riverchase Galleria mall on Thanksgiving. No one has been charged for shooting her, and the state didn’t mention any suspect in that incident nor did they charge 20-year-old Erron Brown with her injury. Fortunately for the girl, a compassionate young man immediately stepped in to help her amid the chaos. “God put people in certain places for certain reasons,” Reshad Billingsley said. Billingsley’s reason for being in the […]

  • Hoover councilman calls for unity in the wake of the Riverchase Galleria shooting, in the future

    HOOVER, Ala. – The shooting at the Riverchase Galleria happened one week ago. On Thursday, authorities found the man they believe is the actual shooter, 20-year-old Erron Brown. Despite the arrest, activists are still not satisfied with the way Hoover Police handled the shooting, highlighting racial undertones after a young African American man, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot and killed by a police officer. That is according to Hoover Police. The US Marshals found Brown in Fairburn, Georgia around […]

  • Hoover city councilman to address reporters on Thursday amid ongoing investigation into fatal mall shooting on Thanksgiving

    HOOVER, Ala – The City of Hoover said Councilman Derrick Murphy will deliver a statement to the media regarding the Riverchase Galleria mall shooting on November 22. The gathering is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Hoover City Council Chambers. The city said the mayor, members of the council and the police chief are expected to be there. Additionally, the city is postponing its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony initially set for Thursday. They have not scheduled the date […]