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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


3 Things To Know About Protecting The West's Greater Sage Grouse

NWPR/EarthFix | May 27, 2015 5:45 p.m.

The greater sage grouse is an iconic bird with habitat throughout 11 Western states. By the end of this September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a decision about whether to add the bird to the Endangered Species List.


Obama Administration Finalizes Clean Water Rule

NWPR/EarthFix | May 27, 2015 1:45 p.m.

The Obama Administration Wednesday announced a new clean water rule. The Environmental Protection Agency says it will help limit pollution in streams and wetlands.


Northwest Farmers Wary About Obama's Expected Water Rule

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The Obama Administration is expected to announce a new clean water rule in the next few days, which has some Northwest farm groups worried what new regulations could mean for their operations.


Gray Wolf Photographed Near Town In Washington Cascades

NWPR/EarthFix | May 21, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Biologists have confirmed that photos taken near Leavenworth in the Washington Cascades are of a gray wolf. This is the first time a wolf has been documented in this area the Cascades since 2000.


Yakima Valley Dairies Sign Order With Environmental Groups

NWPR/EarthFix | May 20, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Several dairies accused of polluting the groundwater in Washington’s Yakima Valley will now start handling their waste more carefully. That’s because a federal judge has approved an order between environmental groups and dairies.

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Running Elk Ragged Just To Get Their Antlers

NWPR/EarthFix | May 17, 2015 7:30 p.m. | REDMOND, Ore.

A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs.


Could Growing Marijuana Outdoors Save Energy?

Northwest Public Radio | May 5, 2015 5:30 p.m.

 A group of Washington marijuana growers are out to demonstrate that sustainable outdoor pot farms could be an environmentally responsible alternative to indoor grow operations.

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Retiring Wood Stoves Brings Washington's Air Quality Back In Line

Northwest Public Radio | April 30, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Air pollution caused by wood stoves in Washington is in line with federal clean air requirements for the first time in seven years.


Billionaire Paul Allen Backs Initiative To Punish Wildlife Traffickers

Northwest Public Radio | April 27, 2015 8:45 p.m.

Seattle billionaire Paul Allen wants Washington voters to crack down on wildlife trafficking.


Why There's More Concern For Farmworkers After Pesticide Cancer Study

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Few people come into contact with farm chemicals the way agricultural workers do. That's why a new health report on a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.


Ranchers, Government Agree To Expand Sage Grouse Conservation in Oregon

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4 p.m.

Ranchers and the federal government have agreed to a plan that protects virtually all of Oregon’s sage grouse habitat.  Ranchers who sign on would be immune from harsher restrictions if the bird is listed as an endangered species.


Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Northwest Public Radio | March 24, 2015 3:15 p.m.

A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. It's now being considered for the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.


Why The Nuclear Energy World Is Thinking Small

Northwest Public Radio | March 12, 2015 6 p.m. | Richland, Washington

In the world of nuclear power, one technology is generating debate: small modular reactors. These small plants are designed to produce power where it’s needed.


Some See Grizzlies As Good For Ecosystem, Others See Them As Bad Neighbors

Northwest Public Radio | March 8, 2015 11 p.m. | Okanogan, Washington

The debate is underway over reintroducing grizzly bears in Washington's North Cascades. Some say grizzlies are too dangerous to bring back while others say they're critical to the health of the region's ecosystem.


Crews Work To Clean Up Yakima River Oil Spill

Northwest Public Radio | March 2, 2015 12:15 p.m.

Emergency crews are responding to a 1,500 gallon oil spill in Central Washington’s Yakima River.  The used motor oil has threatened wildlife since it escaped Sunday from an above-ground storage tank at the site of a former feedlot.


Public Input Sought On Plan For Grizzly Bear Reintroduction In Washington

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 27, 2015 3:15 p.m.

The North Cascades used to be home to thousands of grizzly bears. Their numbers have dwindled to only a handful over the past century. Now, the federal government is asking for your input on helping out Washington’s grizzlies


New Orca Baby Spotted Off Washington Coast

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 26, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Researchers off the Washington coast have spotted a newborn orca calf. The days-old baby is the third calf born in recent months to the area’s endangered killer whales.


A New System To Keep Troops Cool And Use Less Diesel

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 25, 2015 3:42 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Keeping cool may soon take a lot less energy. Northwest researchers have developed a new air cooling system that could be used in cars, buildings and on the Navy’s front lines.


Heed Those 'Closed Trail' Signs If You Want To Help Wildlife

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 20, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Warming temperatures and snow-free terrain might have you itching to hike your favorite trail. But make sure the trail isn't closed this time of year to protect wintering animals.


W.Va. Oil Train Derailment Has NW Lawmakers Thinking About Safety

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 18, 2015 6:15 p.m.

This week’s fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia has lawmakers thinking about oil-by-rail safety through the Northwest.