courtney-gousman

Courtney Gousman

Anchor

Birthplace: Chicago

Education: Scripps Howard School of Journalism at Hampton University (B.A., Broadcast Journalism)

Current Position/Job Duties: Evening Anchor @5, 6, & 11

Previous Work Experience: I’ve anchored and reported in Chicago, St. Louis, Evansville, IN, and Jefferson City, MO for the past 16 years.

Joined News 5: Sept. 2020

Email: courtney.gousman@wews.com

Most Memorable Stories: I’ll never forget extensively covering the deaths of Laquan McDonald and Sandra Bland. The death of Laquan McDonald led to weeks of protests and an overhaul of Chicago politics and government.

Awards/Honors:

-Hampton University Forty Under 40 Society

-Forty Under 40 sponsored by Ariel Investments & WVON

-AP Award for Spot News

-Missouri Broadcasters Association for Breaking News

-Emmy Nomination for Breaking News with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences- Mid-America Chapter

News Philosophy: My responsibility is to ask the tough questions that the general public does not have the time and sometimes, the access to do. I lay out the facts out so viewers can make educated and informed decisions.

Role Model: Ida B. Wells for the tenacity she showed as an investigative journalist, educator and civil rights leader. She shed light on injustices -- mainly the lynching of black men. She traveled the world to enlighten audiences about these savage killings. Her work is still very much relevant to this day.

Favorite Music: I am a huge Prince fan, and I love Sade, and Coldplay. I listen to just about every type of music.

Favorite Movie: Purple Rain & Coming to America. I also love Trading Places—the old Eddie Murphy movies. 😉

Favorite Program: Cold Case Files, Forensic Files, NCIS LA (LL Cool J 😊), CSI (all of the franchises). Really anything based on crime investigation

Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

Favorite Food: I am a fan of Mediterranean dishes, which encompasses a large variety of food from various countries. I also love spicy foods. Jerk and Thai dishes are amazing. I have roots Creole roots and can’t get enough of those spectacular dishes that hail from New Orleans.

Family: I’m the oldest of three. Plus, I have an amazing little niece-- my heart.

Hobbies & Interests: I live for traveling. I love experiencing new countries, cultures, and food. I’m also a foodie. Show me a good meal, and I’m guaranteed to have a good time. I’m a pretty good cook as well.

You're most likely to see me around town: Hanging out at the lakefront. I love water – plus the views of Lake Erie and sunsets are STUNNING in Northeast Ohio.

Something most people don't know about me: I worked in casino gaming prior to launching my television career. I started as a cage cashier and then became a table games supervisor. Now, I only play Blackjack when I’m feeling lucky!

What I like best about Northeast Ohio: THE PEOPLE! Everyone is so friendly and helpful!

On the weekends I love to: Take in lake views. I also use the weekend to catch up with friends and family.

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