Courtney Ann grew up in Corinth, MS, and was thrilled to begin her journalism career right here in her home state. She started working as a multi-media journalist at WDBD/WLBT in November of 2010.
Courtney Ann graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Mississippi where she was also a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College graduate.
While at Ole Miss, Courtney Ann worked as anchor, reporter and producer for NewsWatch, the student-run live broadcast. She was selected as the station's only credentialed Spin Alley reporter at the 2008 Presidential Debate that was held on campus.
She continued to sharpen her reporting skills while working as an intern for Talk Radio News Service in Washington, D.C. She reported daily on Senate and House hearings, press conferences and various events throughout the city.
Her achievements while at Ole Miss include: First Place-Best News Story in College; Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association, First Place-On-Site TV News Packaging; Southeast Journalism Conference, Ole Miss Student Media Center representative at the 2008 National College Media Convention, 2009 Associated Student Body NewsWatch Debate moderator, Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society, Chancellor's Leadership Class, Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Delta Gamma Sorority.
Courtney Ann has covered a wide range of stories, including: the Scott Sisters' release, the Mississippi River flood of 2011, former Governor Haley Barbour's controversial pardons, and a paranormal investigation of Vicksburg's Duff Green Mansion…just to name a few!
Having grown up in Mississippi, Courtney Ann knows there are extraordinary stories to be told in this state and she looks forward to uncovering more of them.
Courtney Ann enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, traveling (her trips abroad have included Spain, Portugal and Italy) and exploring locally owned shops and restaurants. North Mississippi will always have a special place in her heart but she's loved making the Jackson area her home since 2010.
All eyes are Mississippi's prison system.The state passed a law in 2014 that overhauled sentencing guidelines and attempted to control corrections costs. A task force is working to keep a check on that progress.
Mississippi doesn't require preschool.But the state is pouring more money into those programs. Wednesday's day at the Capitol for the advocates was also about raising awareness of the work being done with the state's little ones.
Vicksburg city officials are giving the green light to exercise a plan allowed under legislation signed into law last year. It will let the city go after state income tax refunds to recover those unpaid fines.