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Courtney Collins

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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 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. Courtney was also part of the team that won a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2017 for Excellence in Video.

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

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With less than six weeks until the Texas legislature convenes, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says that he wants to improve the state’s education system -- and that there may be additional money for public education.

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We all gripe about pricey airfare over the holidays. But if you use a few simple tips, it’s not too late to book less expensive travel.

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PART 2 OF A KERA NEWS SERIES: Imagine heading into surgery. Instead of a doctor’s soothing voice, you hear the whirs and beeps of R2D2. OK, so Star Wars droids aren’t holding the scalpel, but robotic techniques are radically changing the world of medicine. And North Texas hospitals are harnessing the power of robots.

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Scrub nurses straight out of The Jetsons, telecommuting surgeons and other medical advances driven by robotic technology -- here's what's on the horizon for robotic surgery.

One of the most competitive State House races pits two attorneys against each other in the battle for District 107. It covers parts of East Dallas, Mesquite and Garland.

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I’m 30 years old and I’m on an Aspirin regimen. I have to get a colonoscopy, endometrial biopsy, CA-125 blood test, several ultrasounds and a full skin check pretty much every year.

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At the annual meeting for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in Dallas, the last thing you expect to see is Mardi gras beads.

But there they are, each color signifying something; like a cancer diagnosis or a preventative surgery. Some women wear one strand; others wear several.

Most of the women here have a mutation in the gene labeled BRCA1 or BRCA2. That means a shockingly high lifetime risk for both breast and ovarian cancer.

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In the home stretch of his campaign, Republican Senate Candidate Ted Cruz is stumping for himself and fellow GOP candidates.

The race for the new House District 114 in Dallas County is among the most competitive state legislative races in North Texas. Former State Representative Carol Kent is facing business attorney Jason Villalba

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More than 1200 uninsured people have scheduled appointments for Saturday’s Dallas CARE Clinic. Organizers hope that first visit is just the beginning for those without coverage.

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Governor Rick Perry says state spending should be constitutionally restricted.

North Texas travelers now have fewer flights to choose from out of DFW. American Airlines has cut up to two percent of its flights following an increase in delays and cancellations.

North Texas delegates are proud to be part of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. While it may take time, they’re also optimistic about changing Texas’ color from red… to blue.

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North Texas delegates are reporting both triumphs and disappointments from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control are in Texas this week trying to figure out why West Nile Virus is so prevalent in the Lone Star State.

The Centers for Disease Control put North Texas at the center of a national conference call on West Nile Virus. While Dallas, Fort Worth is clearly the most infected area in the country… the reason why, is not so clear.

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Many cities and counties in the Metroplex are spraying for mosquitoes to help control the spread of West Nile virus. But Fort Worth has decided there are better ways to protect residents.

Monday morning, DART’s Orange Line will make three new stops in Irving. Two years from now, it will continue on to DFW Airport.

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City leaders and members of several South Dallas churches are calling for calm the day after an officer shot a citizen and neighbors poured into the street.

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As local family violence shelters cope with major overcrowding, we introduce you to a survivor who’s living that reality.

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Several family violence shelters across the DFW area are over capacity, and have been for weeks.

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Professors at the University of Texas at Arlington played a significant role in answering a decades old question, with major scientific implications.

Lakewood’s Fourth of July parade is a tradition that’s nearly 50 years old. While the East Dallas neighborhood is still working to repair major hail damage from the June 13th storms, residents took Independence Day off.

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Health Department officials worry a case of West Nile virus this early in the season could mean more to come. One survivor hopes citizens will take this threat seriously.

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There were 11 democrats vying for the Congressional District 33 nomination. Now the field has narrowed to two.

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In the race for U.S. Senate, almost all of the attention has been on the Republicans.  Four Democrats are also vying for their party’s nomination. 

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Starting Friday, Highland Park will join the ranks of other law enforcement agencies who tow the cars of drivers without a license or insurance.

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The Dallas Police Department says a smartphone app could make stolen goods a lot easier to recover.

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A new park system ranking puts Dallas and Fort Worth in the middle of the pack compared to other major cities. Dallas has more than average park space. The challenge is getting there.

Planned Parenthood is sharing new information of the merger of groups in Austin, Waco and North Texas. As KERA’s Courtney Collins explains, Planned Parenthood expects to come out even stronger.

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