Courtney Collins


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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Most big cities have a problem with stray dogs. In Dallas, it’s more like a crisis.

This month, dogs mauled a homeless woman, biting her more than 100 times. A week later, she died. Now, neighbors are furious and city officials are scrambling to come up with an answer.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:  One visit to Enterprise City proves the unconventional, kid-run community was actually founded for very conventional reasons - to teach civics, and financial literacy.


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:  Research shows a strong connection between poverty and child abuse and neglect. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas just received a major grant to launch a program next month that’s focused on stopping abuse before it starts.


According to the Children’s Defense Fund, kids living in a family that makes $15,000 a year are 22 times more likely to be abused than children in a family making just $30,000.

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas just received a $3.4 million grant to launch a program in June that’s focused on preventing abuse.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The education nonprofit ‘Children At Risk,’ has rated some 1,600 hundred schools across Dallas-Fort Worth. While some low-income school are doing better than they have in years past, the organization says too many local schools are failing.


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: While North Texas isn’t known for being particularly bike friendly, many cyclists wanted to prove otherwise. Today’s ‘Bike To Work Day’ was the perfect occasion to urge people to give the two-wheel commute a try.


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Friday’s commute will see more bikers on the road as cyclists tackle 'Bike To Work Day. And one Dallas class is trying to teach newcomers essential road etiquette.


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Cataracts are debilitating but easy to treat. The problem is, surgery is expensive, especially for the uninsured and underinsured. A free clinic in Fort Worth is trying to bridge that gap for folks who might otherwise go blind and have to quit working.

Cottages at Hickory Crossing

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: A community of tiny homes will open shortly to house 50 of Dallas’ most expensive homeless, a phrase that’s been tossed around a lot since the project was announced. What does that actually mean?

Cottages at Hickory Crossing

Fifty tiny houses -- dubbed the Cottages at Hickory Crossing -- will soon be home to 50 of the city’s most expensive homeless people.