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Courtney Flatt


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.

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Recent Articles

Environment

Officials Try To Blame Eclipse After Thousands Of Farmed Salmon Escape Into Puget Sound

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 22, 2017 4:25 p.m.

Commercial fishing boats are scrambling to catch as many Atlantic salmon as they can, after a net pen broke in Washington. Officials are blaming high tides caused by the eclipse.

Environment | Energy | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Not A Problem For NW Solar Power Distribution

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 21, 2017 4:30 p.m.

While hundreds of thousands of Northwest residents were looking up, power companies were monitoring just how much solar power they lost during Monday’s sky-darkening eclipse.

Nation | Environment | History | News | Animals

Learning About West Nile To Save Sage Grouse

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017 2:51 p.m.

Mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases — like the West Nile virus. Turns out, the mosquito-transmitted virus is deadly for one of the West’s most iconic birds: the sage grouse.

Environment

Interior Department Overhauls Sage Grouse Recovery Plans

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 8, 2017 11:15 a.m.

The federal government has released new recommendations to protect the greater sage grouse. The guidelines will give more leeway to mining, ranching and industry groups.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Will Years Of Work To Save 1 Fish Run Be For Naught?

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington

The wilderness in Central Washington has some really nice bull trout habitat. But one thing stands in the way: an impassable dam. All the work biologists put into moving the fish could be for naught.

Environment

Coming Soon To Eastern Washington: Tree-Free Paper Pulp

NWPR/EarthFix | July 28, 2017 4:10 p.m.

A company in Eastern Washington is developing a new way to make paper pulp — without trees. The mill will instead use a source abundant to the area: straw.

Environment | Books | Politics | News

Washington Lawmakers Leave Enviros Feeling Shorted

KUOW/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 5:40 p.m.

Washington’s legislative session did not deliver the money environmentalists wanted for toxic cleanup, oil transportation safety, or natural resources.

local | Environment | News

Debating Dams: What's The Best Way To Protect Salmon?

NWPR/EarthFix | July 21, 2017 11:30 a.m.

How to best protect salmon along the Columbia and Snake rivers is a hotly-debated question. Our video explores one of the most controversial options.

Nation | local | Environment | News

New Federal Effort Tries To 'Save Our Dams' Along Snake River

NWPR/EarthFix | July 3, 2017 2:07 p.m.

A new bill in Congress would make sure Washington's lower Snake River dams stay standing. It’s pushback against a court order to protect threatened and endangered salmon.

Nation | Land | Environment | Food | Economy | Land use | Health | News | Technology | NW Life | Business

Organic Weed Management: It's Harder Than You Think

NWPR/EarthFix | June 28, 2017 12:50 p.m.

Everyone has weeds. No one wants them. Weeds created an unusual controversy in one Oregon county, angering a town and sparking a social media debate. Organic farmers say it is hard to manage weeds.

Environment

Wildfire Smoke Pollution Is Worse Than We Thought

NWPR/EarthFix | June 16, 2017 11:30 a.m.

All that black smoke you see from a wildfire is full of small particles that are bad for your lungs and heart.

Environment

Washington's Largest Solar Project Coming To Tri-Cities

NWPR/EarthFix | June 12, 2017 4:30 p.m.

The Tri-Cities could soon be home to the largest utility-scale solar power project in Washington. A French company will develop the project on land formerly part of the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Environment

Interior Head Orders Reconsideration For Sage Grouse Protections

NWPR/EarthFix | June 7, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Richland, Washington

A years-in-the-making plan to protect sage grouse from extinction is being reconsidered by  U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Environment

Scientists Discover The History Of Storms In Tree Rings

NWPR/EarthFix | June 6, 2017 12:15 p.m.

Turns out tree rings can do more than just tell you how old a tree is. Researchers have found they can also help track Pacific storms over centuries. That could help out water managers.

Environment

Trump's Budget Proposes Selling Off BPA Grid

NWPR/EarthFix | May 24, 2017 3:30 p.m.

President Trump’s proposed budget includes a plan to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission assets.

Environment

Culvert Case Decision A 'Win For Salmon' In Washington

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 2:45 p.m.

A big court decision could open up new habitat for salmon in Washington and end up costing the state billions of dollars.

Environment | Sustainability | Agriculture

Weeds And Herbicides Puts An Organic Farm At Odds With Neighboring Growers In Oregon

NWPR/EarthFix | May 17, 2017 9:25 p.m. | Moro, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon, is debating what to do about a large organic farm accused of letting its weeds spread onto neighboring fields.

Land | Environment | Politics | News

Washington AG Pledges To Defend National Monuments

NWPR/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.

Health | Science | Environment | News

Birth Defect Investigation Offers No Answers To Grieving Families In E. Washington

NWPR/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.

local | Environment | Energy | News

Emergency Declared At Hanford Nuclear Site In Washington

Northwest 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.