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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. You can also catch her each weekday morning on WHNT News 19 This Morning.

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
  • District attorney’s investigator says inmates get creative when bringing in contraband

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. –  WHNT  News 19 revealed the number of promoting prison contraband cases moving through the Marshall County Court System during our Taking Action Investigation: Bad behavior. There are currently 20 cases. The Marshall County Circuit Court’s Office confirms those cases were filed between April 1, 2018, to July 17, 2018. None of those are first-degree promoting prison contraband, which includes guns or makeshift knives. The district attorney’s office’s chief investigator said his office does see this charge from […]

  • BAD BEHAVIOR: Access to social media worries community, elected officials

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – It appears inmates in the Marshall County jail can still communicate to the outside world via social media. WHNT News 19’s talked about our taking action investigation into the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office for more than a week now. Inmates aren’t supposed to have cell phones. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this contraband ended up in the county jail last week. District Attorney Everette Johnson said cell phones in lock-up is a dangerous combination. “I think you […]

  • Marshall County Sheriff’s Office fires four corrections officers, charged with promoting prison contraband

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed four jailers were arrested and charged on Monday morning for promoting prison contraband.  During Wednesday’s search of the jail, deputies discovered how cell phones and tobacco products were getting into the jail. They have posted a $500 bond each, the sheriff’s office said. That makes five jailers charged with promoting prison contraband in a week. WHNT News 19 confirmed earlier the four corrections officers who no longer work at the jail […]

  • Taking Action Investigation Update: Incoming sheriff responds to jail problems, ready for January

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. –  This week we’ve been reporting on issues inside the Marshall County jail during our Taking Action Investigation, “Bad Behavior.” Our investigation showed viewers videos and pictures of inmates smoking, fighting and using drugs in the jail. We have reached out to Sheriff Scott Walls for comment numerous times, but he hasn’t responded.  But, Walls won’t be sheriff long. Phil Sims unseated him in the primary election. On January 21, 2019, Sims inherits control of the Marshall […]

  • Bad Behavior: Breaking down the numbers in our Marshall County Jail investigation

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Records reveal dangerous conditions, and videos and photos sent to WHNT News 19 depict bad inmate behavior inside the Marshall County Jail. On Tuesday, we aired portions of our Taking Action investigation into the Marshall County Jail that brought to light disturbing images from inside the jail. They depicted fights, drug use and other bad behavior in the jail – all captured by inmate cell phone videos and uploaded to social media. The disturbing footage begs […]

  • Marshall County Jail inmates are back under control after aggressive incident with deputies, jailers

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala – Law enforcement agencies across Marshall County responded to the jail for a disturbance on Wednesday. Arab, Albertville, Guntersville and Boaz Police Departments all had officers on the scene. Every chief from every major agency in the county was at the scene. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirms that a group of inmates became aggressive and physically engaged deputies and jail staff during a shakedown. The sheriff’s office requested assistance from outside agencies to help with the […]

  • Shocking video, photos of Marshall Co. inmates smoking, fighting inside jail sparks Taking Action investigation

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Photos and videos from inside the Marshall County Jail show inmates fighting, smoking and holding bags of drugs are sending shockwaves through Marshall County after people saw the images on social media. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of their own jailers on Tuesday, merely hours before our Taking Action Investigation in the Marshall County Jail aired. Coincidence? Perhaps. Jonathan Mark Foster is charged with promoting prison contraband. Investigators say he gave an inmate a cell phone […]

  • Two-vehicle wreck causes delay on Memorial Parkway Friday morning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Two people are in the hospital after their vehicles collided on the morning of June 29. Traffic is at a standstill at the intersection of Green Cove Road and Memorial  Parkway. WHNT’s Courtney Crown reports a person from each vehicle was transported to Huntsville Hospital after they crashed into each other Friday around 6:30 a.m. She adds traffic is slowly moving on northbound lanes of Memorial Parkway South. A female driver is reported to have life threating injuries. […]

  • Dr. Dick’s new lawyer responds to WHNT News 19’s request for an interview

    DECATUR, Ala. – WHNT News 19 continues our taking action investigation into a Decatur doctor accused of sexual misconduct toward his patients. On Tuesday, we heard from Dr. Michael Dick’s new lawyer. There is new cell phone video from one of the women claiming Dr. Dick of Alabama Medicine & Rheumatology acted inappropriately during her appointment. She is concealing her identity and only going by the pseudonym “Grace.” “You can hear him kiss me a couple of times on the video,” Grace […]

  • Decatur Police deny WHNT News 19’s request for interviews regarding Dr. Michael Dick

    DECATUR, Ala. – We’re continuing our taking action investigation into the claims of sexual misconduct involving Dr. Michael Dick and his patients at his office on Highway 31. So far, we know 10 people filed complaints against Dr. Dick. Someone filed the first report on November 1, 2017. The Decatur Police Department and the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners are investigating him separately. WHNT News 19 has repeatedly requested interviews with either Decatur Police Chief Nate Allen, or the investigator in charge […]

  • Lawyer: ‘All these women are from different walks of life’ accusing Decatur doctor of sexual misconduct

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala –  The law firm that brought the civil lawsuit against Decatur Dr. Michael Dick anticipates more women coming forward with claims of sexual misconduct.  There are six women named in the suit, though attorneys said they have spoken to some two dozen women, each saying the doctor acted inappropriately toward them. Lawyer Nick Lough of the Lough Firm is one of the lawyers handling the lawsuit involving the rheumatologist. He is representing women accusing the doctor of sexual misconduct […]

  • Mental health diversion program helps inmates, still protects community

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  A jail diversion program in Madison County is treating mental disorders while still keeping the community safe. it’s an effort that’s also taking stress off of law enforcement officers tending to inmates awaiting trial. Law enforcement, the courts and mental health experts are trying a new kind of pre-trial program for people suffering from mental health issues. “It will allow individuals to get out of jail so that we can treat them, identify the needs that […]