Courtney Flatt began her journalism career at The Dallas Morning News as a neighbors editor. There, she also wrote articles for the Metro section, where she reported on community issues ranging from water security to the arts.
Courtney earned her master’s in convergence journalism at the University of Missouri and developed a love for radio and documentary film. As a producer at KBIA-FM she hosted a weekly business show, reported and produced talk shows on community and international issues. Her work took her from the unemployment lines, to a methamphetamine bust, to the tornado damage aftermath in Joplin, Mo.
A big court decision could open up new habitat for salmon in Washington and end up costing the state billions of dollars.
Sherman County, Oregon, is debating what to do about a large organic farm accused of letting its weeds spread onto neighboring fields.
News | Environment | Politics | LandNWPR/EarthFix | May 11, 2017 3:40 p.m. | Richland, Washington
In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is defending the state’s national monuments, including Hanford Reach.
News | Environment | Health | ScienceNWPR/EarthFix | May 11, 2017 9:45 a.m. | Prosser, Washington
A cluster of fatal birth defects has left several families in Eastern Washington mourning the loss of children they will never know.
News | Environment | local | EnergyNorthwest Public Radio | May 9, 2017 11:15 a.m. | Richland, Washington
Some workers at a former chemical processing plant have been evacuated and about 3,000 others near the area at the center of the Hanford Site were directed to take shelter indoors.
The Department of the Interior is opening up public comment periods for Hanford Reach and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments.
News | Food | Environment | Fish & WildlifeNWPR/EarthFix | April 25, 2017 2:26 p.m.
The salmon cannon made a big splash a few years ago on local news stations and even had a cameo on HBO’s "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver. Soon, it could propel fish into its biggest project yet.
Barging is a common way to get young salmon around dams and out to sea. But conservation groups say this practice is leaving returning adults without their homing abilities.
Northwest communities are getting their drinking water from aging infrastructure that is costly to maintain and prone to breaking down.
News | Environment | Agriculture | localNWPR/EarthFix | April 11, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Boardman, Oregon
Mega-dairies are finding themselves in conflict with neighbors and environmentalists because of their contributions to air pollution.
Too much water and too much wind are a bad combination for power suppliers. Now, officials are forcing wind farms to shut down for the first time in four years. This year, there's more to the story.
The second largest mega-dairy in Oregon has now received a permit it needed to get up and running. The dairy will house roughly 30,000 cows near the Columbia River in the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman.
A forest project in Northeastern Oregon is igniting a debate over what constitutes thinning for wildfire prevention and forest health. Is it a "logging loophole" or a desperately needed project?
Under a budget proposal by the Trump administration, funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be slashed — and that could hit Northwest tribes hard.
President Trump issues an executive order to rollback clean water rules. Northwest farm and industry groups are lauding the order while environmentalists say it's bad news for salmon and steelhead.
A track for vehicles was recently discovered illegally crossing the boundary into Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness, despite the Wilderness Act's prohibition against motorized access to such protected areas.
More than 100 people turned out Monday during a public meeting in Cle Elum to voice their opinions on reintroducing grizzly bears to Washington's North Cascades. Seven more meetings are planned.
Grizzly bears have been stirring up debate for decades in North-Central Washington communities. The public is getting a new chance to share their opinions at open houses throughout Washington.