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.
Starting Monday people will get a chance to weigh-in on whether four dams should come down on the lower Snake River. They’re facing renewed scrutiny because of a court-ordered analysis.
At least 10 Hanford workers were exposed to radioactive waste Tuesday at the nuclear cleanup site’s tank farm in southeast Washington.
Nestle is looking to build a commercial water bottling plant in the Northwest. Its most recent pitch is to the town of Waitsburg, Washington. The plan is tying the small community in knots.
local | News | Communities | Election | PoliticsNorthwest News Network | Aug. 4, 2016 4:40 p.m.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday the group alleges that the city is violating elections laws by not giving Latinos a fair voice in the current election system.
After residents said no to building a water bottling plant in Hood County, Oregon, Nestlé shifts focus to another small town.
Environment | Air | Health | Climate changeNorthwest Public Radio | April 13, 2016 2:49 p.m.
New research could help scientists learn more about things that influence air quality throughout the Western United States, such as climate change and the rise in wildfires and pollution.
A wildlife officer now has a new companion to keep him company on the trails: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's very first enforcement dog in the Northwest.
Rice paddies are one of the biggest sources of global methane emissions — a potent greenhouse gas. Now, researchers have found a way to nearly eliminate methane emissions from rice paddies.
Inmates at a Washington prison are the first in the nation to grow sagebrush that can be used to restore an ecosystem that's vital for the survival of a native bird called the greater sage grouse.
Agriculture | Environment | Land use | Communities | LandEarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington
At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.
Environment | Land | Health | Land use | Agriculture | CommunitiesNWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight
Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.
Environment | Land | History | Land use | Agriculture | CommunitiesEarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight
DDT was banned in 1972 because of its harm to human health and the environment. DDT can take more than 15 years to break down in the environment, meaning it leaves a toxic trace for many years. But when it replaced lead arsenate in the late 1940s, “DDT was the savior.”
Environment | Land | History | Land use | Agriculture | Communities | ScienceEarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight
Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.
A drought plan for Washington’s Yakima basin calls for a mountain lake to be partially drained to provide more water for agriculture. That’s struck a nerve with some conservation groups and homeowners.
Environment | local | NewsNorthwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2015 2:31 p.m.
Weather is expected to cause more problems Monday for fires in north central Washington. The Okanogan Complex is burning more than 250,000 acres.
A juvenile inmate helping fight wildfires in North Central Washington escaped Friday after allegedly assaulting a staff member.