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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One North Texas school has a plan to help families living in poverty stay involved at school. Teachers at one elementary are bringing the classroom into the home.

Staffers say a visit before the first school bell even rings can set the tone for the entire year.

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When you don’t have much money, finding legal representation is a challenge; which is why North Texas legal aid groups want families with limited resources to know, help is out there.

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Tax-free weekend starts Friday in Texas. The three-day break lets families buy backpacks, sneakers and blue jeans with no sales tax, which seems like a straightforward way to save.

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An often overlooked aspect of domestic violence is financial abuse. Victims are forced to co-sign loans, open new credit cards and make purchases they can’t afford.

One Tarrant County woman lost tens of thousands of dollars to her abuser. Years later, she’s still working to regain her financial footing.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Some Texas Democrats gathering in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention are pushing two Texans as candidates to be the next national party chair: the Castro brothers – Julian and Joaquin.

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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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