Courtney Collins

Reporter

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.

At KERA, Courtney is lead reporter for the series “One Crisis Away,” about life on the financial edge. Courtney has won awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Texas Medical Association, Houston Press Club and last year received the inaugural consumer financial reporting award presented by the Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the National Endowment for Financial Education. “One Crisis Away” was also recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and National Endowment for Financial Education for excellence in personal finance reporting.

When she’s not at work, Courtney loves to read and play outdoors with her husband and wild toddler.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: This week, a computer outage took down the Southwest Airlines website, forcing 1,300 hundred flight cancelations, and stranding passengers and crews. Then, despite a record second quarter profit, its stock price fell. 

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The last link in the second Calatrava bridge arch on I-30 over the Trinity River has been dropped in.

The Margaret McDermott Bridge was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava-- as was the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, completed in 2012.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: A new light rail extension takes its maiden voyage. The DART extension runs three miles from the Ledbetter Station in South Dallas to the University of North Texas Dallas campus.

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Simply re-arranging food pantry shelves is helping low income families make healthier choices. It's the same philosophy supermarkets employ-- called nudging-- when the store creates a special display to feature a product.

One North Texas pantry has had luck pushing brown rice, and whole wheat pasta.

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Texans must be natural fighters, because all four members of the Olympic taekwondo team were either born or raised in the Lone Star State. Youngest member Jackie Galloway goes to SMU, trains in Garland and lives in Wylie.

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Top Stories: Texas sent off another of its officers killed in the line of duty last week. The funeral for Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol was the fourth of five.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: A leading museum director from Mexico has been tapped to run the Dallas Museum of Art.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Three funerals were held Wednesday for slain Dallas police officers. Two more will follow. KERA will chronicle the lives of each fallen officer in the series Remembering The Fallen.

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Those who didn’t have a ticket to the memorial service honoring five, slain Dallas police officers still gathered outside the Meyerson Symphony Center in a show of support.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: The fear, shock and outrage over Thursday night’s deadly shootings is still vivid as Dallas tries to come to grips with what happened. President Obama will be in town for an interfaith memorial service and funeral services start Wednesday for fallen officers.

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