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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 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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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Still reeling from Oklahoma destruction, Texans must brace for more severe storms, elite task force from the Lone Star State heads to Moore, students use math skills to support recovery in West and more.

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Communities outside of Granbury and Cleburne are also reeling from last night’s chain of powerful storms.

Dozens of buildings in the City of Ennis were damaged, including businesses in the central downtown area. Lt. David Anthony with the Ennis Police Department says one elderly woman was hit with flying debris and taken to the hospital as a precaution. As far as he knows, her injuries are minor.

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North Texas women are grateful Angelina Jolie shone a light on genetic cancer risk and now they hope local ladies will tap into that knowledge.

The Dallas area chapter of the group FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) meets tonight a 6 p.m. at Medical City in Suite A100. The meeting is completely open, so anyone with questions is encouraged to attend.

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10:00 a.m.: Dallas Fire Rescue's Task Force 2 Search and Rescue worked overnight searching the rubble of the Rancho Brazos neighborhood ripped apart by one of several tornadoes that roared through North Texas. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the rescue crew did not find any survivors or additional casualties. And he is hopeful the seven people still listed as missing are safe and will check in.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the death count could rise because more than a dozen people are unaccounted for. Other rural areas outside the hard-hit Rancho Brazos subdivision haven't been searched completely.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: FBI calls for unified missing persons database, more military conduct accused-- this time out of Texas, an author on a mission makes no-kill shelter tour stop in Richardson and more.

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North Texas hospitals are already doing the kind of genetic testing Angelina Jolie is bringing to light in a very personal New York Times editorial.

Jolie revealed that she got a double mastectomy earlier this year as a preventative measure. She has a mutation in her BRCA1 gene that makes her breast cancer risk over 80 percent and her chance of ovarian cancer about 50/50.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Lone Star State responsible for a third of 2012 West Nile outbreak, Angelina Jolie shines a spotlight on personal health journey, the future of the Mavs uniforms is in your hands and more.

A nine-story building near Griffin and Elm Streets in downtown Dallas caught fire shortly before noon which resulted in suspended DART service. The fire sparked on the fifth floor of a vacant high-rise being converted into a hotel. Reports are that no one was injured.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: National helium shortage tied to reserve in Amarillo, SMU task force calls for change on campus, high school thespians snag theater gold and more.

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There’s no business like show business; just ask the hundreds of high school theater students who packed the Music Hall at Fair Park Tuesday night.

These kids were nominated for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards and were given the full star treatment.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: NPR is inspiration for pet names and small businesses, Boston bombing suspect’s final resting place still in question, a young UT Southwestern patient takes on Jeopardy! and more.

Seven candidates are running for three Dallas School Board seats.  We asked them:

  • Why are you best equipped to serve your district?
  • How do you rate Superintendent Mile Miles performance?
  • What changes would improve student education
  • What role should charter schools should play in the district. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Experts say fracking holds millions of gallons of water hostage, an interactive map tracks public benefits county by county, a dog with viral popularity takes the field at Rangers Ballpark and more.

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State emergency officials say the West Fertilizer plant where an explosion killed 14 people was under no obligation to have an evacuation plan. A Homeland Security Hearing also revealed that other North Texas Counties store ammonium nitrate, a substance that was kept at the blast site.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told lawmakers there are more than 1,000 facilities statewide that store it in some capacity

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Big trucks make big market gains, tips for an easy opening day visit to the Bush Presidential Center, Dallas reboot locks down air time for next year and more.

Incumbent Gwen Craig will have to defeat Hispanic activist Manuel Benavidez and retired teacher Lee Mosty to keep her place on the Irving ISD School Board. Craig was elected in 2010 two months after the board hired Superintendent Dana Bedden away from a school district in Georgia, a controversial decision.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: ATF investigators solider on at blast site without commander, Children’s Medical Center celebrates a century of care, Texas hears the lullaby of Broadway and more.

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Our final post, 4:51 p.m.: Taps is played and folded U.S. flags are delivered to family members of the deceased.

In the background sit flag-draped coffins and photos of those lost in the explosion. Amazing Grace is played on bag pipes, and the memorial service comes near an end with a benediction given by Bishop Joe S. Vasquez.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking (and they’re all about the George W. Bush Presidential Center): University Park paints itself red, white and blue, five Presidents gather in Dallas, years of construction in two minutes and more.

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“Inside the Bush Center” is a half-hour preview of Thursday's George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication. Hosted by Shelley Kofler, guests include Bush Library and Museum Director Alan Lowe and former Undersecretary of State and Bush adviser Karen Hughes. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: what two leaders with opposite politics have in common, Dallas high school still #1, Arlington tries to outbid Tampa for college championship nod and more.

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Most people associate opera with the diva’s high notes, but some classics require the voice of a child. So when Puccini’s much loved La Bohème opened the Fort Worth Opera Festival last weekend (it repeats Sunday), 16 kids took the stage alongside Rodolpho and Mimi.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: University Park braces for Bush Presidential Center chaos, furry emissaries have landed in West, thinking in lieu of clicking and more.

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Reporter Courtney Collins expected just another grueling disaster scene when she left Dallas before dawn Thursday. But that's not what she found. Here's a reporter's view of West, and the people who fuel its beating heart.

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One of the most dramatic scenes from Wednesday night’s fertilizer plant explosion was the damage to a nursing home called West Rest Haven, just a couple of streets over from the plant.

Courtney Collins has more on the heroic actions of quick thinking employees.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Pat Summerall's golden voice leaves lasting legacy, American Airlines amend goes viral, Texas river in danger of dry-up and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Marathoners from the Lone Star State react to deadly Boston explosions, Dallas responds with amped-up security, NYC stocks liquid courage straight from Texas and more.

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Filmmaker Jamie Meltzer thought he’d just go check out a Dallas meeting for prison exonerees last February. He’d heard a group of freed inmates had started a detective agency, which sounded like pretty good film fodder. Meltzer showed up, met the guys and started shooting that day.

“I came down to evaluate the idea and I was just hooked from the get-go,” says Meltzer, who now is about a year into filming “Freedom Fighters.” Meltzer's team includes Michael May, who has a story on the detective agency on All Things Considered today.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: no hesitation from Kaufman County D.A. appointee, airman reunited with Afghan puppy, Ann Richards immortalized on postage and more.