Multimedia journalist, based in Richland, WA at Northwest Public Radio and Television
Courtney Flatt began her journalism career at The Dallas Morning News as a neighborsgo 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.
Energy, climate change and the Columbia Basin
Having never lived so close to mountains, I took up skiing this year. While I quickly learned that beginning skiers should avoid black diamonds at all costs, spending all day in the snow is worth the tumbles.
It was an icy winter morning, and I was trying to get some ambient sound of the Missouri River, which seemed easy enough. I had to make it over a pile of cement rocks to reach this one sandbar. (And if you know me, you know I'm a walking example of Murphy's Law.)
Realizing this, I securely attached every piece of equipment to my body. Everything except my extra mic. I had climbed halfway across the cement pile when, woosh! My mic fell through a small hole covered by leaves. The mound was probably 10 feet tall.
As I peered down, a fisherman wandered by. He helped me lift a few of the blocks – they probably weighed 50 pounds each. But the mic wasn't anywhere near the top. Every time I saw the pile after that day, I wondered where my mic wound up.
Farmers markets, traveling, tea and painting (though I'm pretty bad at it)
There's not much... Maybe traffic?
Working on an organic farm in Spain. I actually joined the WOOF program right before graduation. Then I got a job.