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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
  • Some former patients of Dr. Dick say they don’t believe their doctor hurt anyone, despite harassment convictions

    DECATUR, Ala. – Dr. Michael Dick’s Decatur practice, Alabama Medicine & Rheumatology, is open for one more day. This is the doctor whose medical license is temporarily suspended.  A judge found him guilty of harassment of a former female patient. Dr. Dick pleaded guilty to two other harassment charges. However, he chose to enter that plea so he could have a jury trial in Morgan County. For the past several months, we’ve been reporting on the case of Dr. Dick. […]

  • Wrongfully Accused Follow Up: Huntsville man pleads guilty to crimes placed on US Army reservist with clean record

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Derrick Hines, 25, pleaded guilty to burglarizing a Huntsville business on May 1, 2016. Court records show he pleaded guilty on September 27. Additionally, PFC. Steven McDowell has a clean record once again. Hines was sentenced to two years probation. If he violates his probation, he will serve three years behind bars. WHNT News 19 first told you about Hines’ arrest on July 13, 2017, during our special report, ‘Wrongfully Accused.’ Initially, McDowell was charged with two […]

  • Study reports Alabama’s marijuana laws cost tax payers millions, unfair to African Americans

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Appleseed released a new report on Thursday that said Alabama’s marijuana policies cost taxpayers some $22 million each year. The researchers also said the arrests are creating a dangerous backlog at the Department of Forensic Sciences, which tests forensic evidence in violent crimes. “There’s a nine-month wait period for testing at DFS,” Frank Knaack, Alabama Appleseed Executive Director, said.  “So if somebody’s arrested, if they can’t make bond, they’re sitting in […]

  • Lawyer for Guntersville murder victims’ families feels state’s top agencies understood concerns surrounding Spencer’s parole

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Birmingham-based attorney Tommy James met with Governor Kay Ivey’s legal team, and the chief deputy attorney general on Friday morning, regarding what he believes are the failures within the parole system. “I had the opportunity this morning to meet in Montgomery with the Governor’s legal team, and the Chief Deputy Attorney General, to discuss the lapses that occurred that led to the brutal murders of my clients’ loved ones in Guntersville that were committed by parolee Jimmy […]

  • State medical board suspends Dr. Michael Dick’s license

    DECATUR, Ala. – Records show the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners  has issued a summary suspension of Decatur physician Dr. Michael Dick’s medical license. A board’s spokesman confirmed Dr. Dick was served today. Dr. Dick is suspended from practicing until at least his next hearing set for January 23, 2019. He is ordered to go before the board, according to the order. The board’s website provides the following description of a summary suspension: “If there is conduct that the […]

  • Lawyer for Guntersville murder victims’ families pushes state officials, parole board to abide by their own laws

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The attorney representing the families of the victims from the Guntersville triple murder is calling on state officials and the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles to make changes to the parole system. Those victims are Marie Martin, 74, Colton Lee, 7, and Martha Reliford, 65. Birmingham-based attorney Tommy James said he is meeting Friday morning with Bryan Taylor, general counsel with the governor’s office and Clay Crenshaw, chief deputy for the attorney general’s office. This news comes […]

  • State’s board of pardons and paroles admits ‘A Fault in the System’ when they lost track of Guntersville triple murder suspect

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – A triple murder in Guntersville shocked the quaint town. These were the first killings in nearly a decade. The victims are  Marie Martin, 74, Colton Lee, 7, and Martha Reliford, 65. Police accuse Jimmy O’Neal Spencer, former state parolee, of the crimes. The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, the people who made the decision to release Spencer from prison early, confirmed to WHNT News 19 they lost track of Spencer soon after. The board paroled Spencer to the […]

  • Court documents detail another woman’s claim of inappropriate touching, kissing during exam by Dr. Dick

    DECATUR, Ala. – Court documents detail another woman’s accusations against Dr. Michael Dick who practices at Alabama Medicine & Rheumatology. The office remains open, and the state’s board of medical examiners confirmed Dr. Dick is still licensed. According to the new documents, a woman claims Dr. Dick touched her breasts and abdomen area, then removed his hands from her pants and kissed her on the mouth. This woman is one of the two cases bound for a jury trial in […]

  • Woman claims Dr. Michael Dick kissed her and ‘required her’ to undress during exam, meanwhile Dr. Dick’s office is open

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Dr. Michael Dick’s office, Alabama Medicine & Rheumatology in Decatur, remains open despite three guilty verdicts of harassment against him on Friday. Meanwhile, a new court document details an alleged encounter between a female patient and Dr. Dick during an appointment in his office. According to court records, a patient is accusing Dr. Dick of kissing her on the lips and requiring her to remove all of her clothing during a medical examination. This woman is […]

  • Madison County DA’s office says credible witness came forward, led to dropped murder case for Billy Cardwell

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Prosecutors have told a Madison County judge they are no longer prosecuting a Huntsville man charged with murder in an October 2016 shooting. The district attorney’s office said a credible witness ‘was very clear’ that the victim was the one who fired the shot first. Prosecutors said they received this information within the past two weeks. “We felt that motion filed today was appropriate action to take based on evidence now before us,” Bill Starnes, assistant district attorney, said. […]

  • Marshall County Sheriff calls for theft investigation, state investigating

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – At the request of Sheriff Scott Walls, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has opened an investigation of a theft from his department. The Marshall County District Attorney’s Office estimates the sheriff asked for an investigation a couple of months ago. Chief Investigator John Young said Sheriff Walls found discrepancies in balancing the office’s finances. He then asked for a recommendation on how to move forward from the district attorney’s office. The district attorney’s office recommended […]

  • Gun safety experts encourage thoughtful conversations about handling a firearm

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Karen Butler, President and Founder of Shoot Like A Girl, underscores the importance of understanding gun safety. Since Monday’s accidental shooting at Blossomwood Elementary, she said she hopes families across the area have started an important conversation about this topic. “It’s really important to get educated and educate your children on safe, responsible gun ownership,” Butler said. “That includes the safe storage of your firearms when it’s in your home.” Regardless of age, Butler said it’s important […]