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, follow her on Twitter: @courtcrownwhnt, or add her on Facebook: Courtney Crown Whnt.

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