Born and raised in Chicago and its suburbs, coming back to her hometown to work has been a dream come true for Cortney Hall. The Emmy-nominated journalist, landed a gig at Chicago’s Very Own in 2012. Now Cortney is a integral part of the top-rated morning news in Chicago, delivering the headlines in the 9 o’clock hour of the WGN Morning News and also reporting trending news. Additionally, she regularly turns feature packages, one of which sent her all the way to Senegal to trace her ancestral roots.
When Cortney is not on the CLTV, WGN Morning or Midday anchor desk you can find her at the United Center hosting an audience of 21-thousand basketball fans. Being the Bulls official in-arena host is a job she calls a “pinch-me moment” for a girl obsessed with the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls .
Before making her way back home, Cortney was a news anchor and a feature reporter in Orlando, Florida. She’s worked as a producer at Bloomberg News in New York City. And she started her reporting career at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois.
Cortney got her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2003. She went on to get her Masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Cortney attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park. And one of the great honors she’s had is delivering the commencement speech at her alma mater.
When she’s not anchoring, reporting or hosting, Cortney enjoys running a broadcast camp that she founded at Breakthrough Urban Ministries in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. She also likes taking in Chicago’s food and theater scene. She’s a sports fan who loves both the Sox and the Cubs. She bikes the lakefront and gets a thrill out of exploring the many neighborhoods and cultures in this great city.