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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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A Highland Park 10 year-old got the Louisville loss he needed Tuesday night; unfortunately, it was on women’s side of the NCAA basketball tournament.

When the Louisville men beat Michigan Monday to claim the national title, Brayden Schager lost out on his chance at an almost flawless bracket.

But as KERA’s Courtney Collins reports, he was ranked number one out of 8 million entries in ESPN’s bracket challenge for three, glorious days.

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Five Stories that have North Texas Talking: The dangers of working construction in the Lone Star State, Texas gets scolded by locavores, late-blooming flowers could indicate epic foliage finale and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas 10 year-old was almost one in 8 million, Plano based J.C. Penney fires and re-hires, chocoholics break out the bubbly and more.

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Just last week President Obama announced a pledge of $100 million to a federal brain mapping initiative. It will hopefully zero in on improving care for those with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. John Hart Jr. is the Medical Science Director at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas, Dallas. His team is working on links between concussion and depression as well as better therapy for veterans with PTSD. In this week’s “Vital Signs,” Dr. Hart weighs in on the mapping program and what it means for patients everywhere.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Pipeline responsible for Arkansas spill hooks into Texas, Kaufman County D.A. and wife to be honored before overflow crowd, SMU wants a more diverse herd of Mustangs and more.


Updated, 6:05 p.m.: DNA tests came back Wednesday, and police filed a third sexual assault charge against Cesar Benitez, who's being held on $4.5 million bail at the Dallas County Jail.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Luck be a lady… in Oklahoma and Louisiana, Yu Darvish is darn near perfect, Mark Cuban plans to cast a wide net on draft day and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: UT Prof. says tracking emotions through text could be the next big thing, public memorial is set for Kaufman County D.A. and wife, San Antonio tries to scoop up Dallas teachers and more.

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Few Texans had heard of Florida Gulf Coast University two weeks ago. Now the entire country is buzzing about the boys in green and blue, sorry, cobalt.

Whether you like the Cinderella allusion or prefer comparing this team to The Little Engine that Could, Florida Gulf Coast is the story of the NCAA tournament. And as KERA’s Courtney Collins reports, their Sweet Sixteen chapter unfolds Friday night at Cowboys Stadium.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Drug cartels loom over the Lone Star State, famine and feast define religion in DFW, the Mavs are itching to shave and more.

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Saginaw teenagers got to see the virtual become the physical in 3D this past weekend. As we told you a earlier this month, the tiny Tarrant County library is the first in the state to get its own 3D printer, thanks to a tech grant. Seven lucky kids got to “print” their creations, which included a Transformers mask, a UFO and the Avengers’ logo.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Grain accidents needlessly claim lives in the Lone Star State, Dallas throws a BIG party, Baylor’s Griner dunks for George W. Bush and more.

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Two new health rankings show how Texas fares county by county as well as on the national stage.

Collin County and Denton County are ranked second and third in the entire state for good health by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking (and they’re all about the NCAA Tournament, which kicks off today): Texas high school players rock the tourney, the Baylor Lady Bears are the bullies on the women’s side, kooky brackets are popping up like wildflowers and more.

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Five stories have North Texas talking: A Texas woman survives a different military battle, local cops fight crime in 140 characters, Cowboys fans brace for more yellow flags and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Irving teacher wants to get lost in space, DFW is population boom town, Lady Gaga has Dallas to thank for unconventional wheels and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: RGIII has ancient inclinations, executives in DFW are taking applications, UTA discovers an influential piece of literature and more.

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The winds of change are blowing through North Texas airports. DFW will join an elite group of air travel hubs this year: those who fly to 200 destinations. And Love Field's about to hit a milestone of its own: opening 12 new gates.

The horrifying 911 call made by Deanna Cook has been released. WFAA obtained copies of the call she made the day she was killed. In that final call Cook never speaks to the operator directly, but can be heard begging her attacker not to hurt her.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas thieves target tailgates, Sesame Street’s Count von Count fills a tall order, Denton students rub elbows with music legends and more.

UPDATE: In his State of the Judiciary address today, Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson said the state should fund a program to look into wrongful convictions. It's an idea that has a lot of resonance in North Texas where Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins spent his early years on the job working on exonerations.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The one thing veterans can do to ensure claims go through, pocketknives on planes, Carly Rae Jepsen hangs up on the Boy Scouts and more.

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Find a new doctor or scrounge up the money to pay for care -- that’s the choice for thousands of low-income Texas women. Jackie Jones is one of them. And even though the courts have upheld a decision to exclude Planned Parenthood from the state's Women’s Health Program, she says she’s sticking with her doctor, no matter what.

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It almost sounds like a videogame. Inject a patient with tiny bubbles and use ultrasound waves to burst them open when they float to the right spot. While the term “microbubbles” may sound more whimsical than medical, a Dallas doctor is a national pioneer in using them to fight diabetes. And it's a technology that was born on the battlefield.

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Since microbubbles are smaller than half the size of a red blood cell, seeing them with the naked eye isn’t an option. But Dr. Jonathan Lindner was able to capture and enhance the image of microbubbles moving through capillaries in the body.

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Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst says the Senate has no plans to expand Medicaid to insure more people.

The Obama Administration has offered states funding for Medicaid expansion. Dewhurst said he opposes this measure.

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Strolling through the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention is like picking a path through the jungle.

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Ken and Cecilia Christopherson are channeling Saint Nick in a very real way.  Part treasure hunter, part master craftsman, Ken builds dollhouses from scratch. Each one takes 100 hours to construct, and each one goes to a very sick child stuck in the hospital for the holidays.

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We consulted UNT’s Steve Wiest, the jazzman who directs the famed One O’Clock Lab Band, about the particulars of terrible tunes. Turns out, there is an explanation.

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It's not that our hearts are two sizes too small. When heard enough, the first few bars of "Little Drummer Boy" can make anyone go Grinch.  Here's a cross-section of opinion from the KERA news staff on the worst holiday songs ever.