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Courtney Gousman


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


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.


-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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