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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.


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.

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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?


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: From talk of secession to a call for re-writing the U.S. Constitution, Friday’s Texas Republican Convention made one thing very clear. Many of those who support the GOP in the Lone Star State have a testy relationship with the federal government.

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Vocabulary is a tough sell for school kids, so a program called Word Masters tries to make it fun by challenging students across the country to compete with tricky analogy tests.


Some experts say service agencies working together-- a true holistic approach-- is the only way to get a handle on poverty.

A new Fort Worth program encourages families to think beyond that next paycheck, and make real plans for the future.

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A report released earlier this month reveals some uncomfortable truths about child poverty in Texas. For example while 1 in 4 Texas kids live in poverty— for black and Latino children, it’s 1 in 3.

KERA took a deep dive into the State of Texas Children, produced by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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For many Texas families, tax-free shopping is a back-to-school tradition. This weekend, swap those folders for flashlights and binders for batteries. Emergency supplies are tax exempt starting Saturday morning.

It’s a first for Texas-- to help folks stock up for severe weather season. Families intent on cleaning out the hardware store should check the state’s “tax free” list before they buy.

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Nonprofit leaders in North Texas say there are just too many people competing for too few affordable apartments. And that explains why eviction is a leading cause of homelessness.

A new report looks at poverty through the lens of race and equal opportunityThe State of Texas Children, released Wednesday, shows one in four Texas kids live in poverty. For children in black and Latino families, the statistic jumps to one in three.

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For millennials just getting used to the tax code, some common misconceptions can lead to disappointment, and maybe even a big bill on filing day.

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Two weeks ago, Rowlett resident Lindsay Diaz got news that her storm-damaged home had been demolished by mistake.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The Dallas County community of Sandbranch has no running water, sewer service or trash pickup. 

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The Dallas County community where about 100 people live without running water or sewer service has been approved to operate a water supply corporation-- a step toward bringing services there.

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KERA’s series, One Crisis Away: Rebuilding A Life chronicles families on the financial edge, trying to recover from the Christmas weekend tornadoes.

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A family trying to recover from Christmas weekend tornadoes got some startling news Tuesday.

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KERA's series One Crisis Away: Rebuilding a life, looks at tornado recovery for folks on the financial edge. It's estimated only 40 percent of people who lease apartments or houses have renters insurance. They need that money to buy food and pay the bills.

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The homeless population in Dallas and Collin counties is up 24 percent from last year. That’s according to officials at Tuesday’s annual State of the Homeless address.

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One Crisis Away: Rebuilding A Life follows four families on the financial edge, trying to recover from the Christmas weekend tornadoes.

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KERA’s series One Crisis Away, Rebuilding A Life looks at four families left on the financial edge after December’s tornadoes. When the shelters close and the cameras disappear, recovery is only beginning.

Single mom Jenn Anderson had already rebuilt her life once. She picked up her two toddlers and moved to Garland shortly after her husband’s suicide in Las Vegas.

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Texas Republicans turned out in droves to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary. The race featured a cast of diverse candidates, and backers of all of them gathered at a sports bar in Dallas to watch the numbers roll in.

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A dozen storms pummeled North Texas the day after Christmas, killing 13 people and destroying hundreds of homes. Nothing illuminates life on the financial edge like a tornado. That’s the focus of KERA’s new series, One Crisis Away: Rebuilding A Life.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson is in the middle of a primary challenge as he seeks his fifth and, he says, final term. His challenger: Former Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn.


Author Harper Lee, who died today in Monroeville, Ala., at age 89, is at the center of a treasure trove of literary artifacts at Southern Methodist University.

One jewel in the collection: A typewritten letter she wrote a decade ago-- to Oprah Winfrey.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: A big move today in the battle to bring more gambling to Texas horse and dog tracks: The state Racing Commission banned tracks from using what’s known as "historical racing."

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: Administrators at Gilliam Collegiate Academy in Dallas told staffers to “manufacture or manipulate” exam grades—that news came in a report released Tuesday. It raises questions about whether some students graduated who didn’t earn the proper credits.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: The president and chancellor of Texas A&M came to a Dallas charter school Tuesday to apologize.

They told students at Uplift Hampton Preparatory they were sorry about the racial taunts the kids endured during a campus visit last week.