Courtney Fischer
As a morning reporter at KTRK, viewers always ask: what time does your alarm go off? The answer is 2 a.m. and yes, I love what I do. Breaking stories while Houston is just waking up is an adrenaline rush.

I joined the ABC 13 Eyewitness News team in January 2016. Before that, I reported for WTAE in Pittsburgh, earning a regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow for coverage of a mass stabbing at a local high school. Twenty-one students and staff members were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Showing how a community comes together during heartache, how people see past the pain, is one of the reasons I love to tell stories.

Perhaps one of the most moving experiences on the job came in 2010, covering the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Working for WEHT in Evansville, Indiana, I was the only reporter invited by a local church, asked to show their journey to Port-au-Prince, spotlighting the damage at their boys' orphanage. My news director wasn't sure I should go-I didn't know how to use a camera at the time. I taught myself in 24 hours and was on the plane the next day. This job gives you amazing opportunities if you are willing to work hard.

I'm a native Chicagoan but thrilled to leave the snow behind for Texas winters! Other loves include world travel, Thai food, my fierce kitten named Lola, and following the Kentucky Derby and UK basketball-something I picked up during my time at WLEX in Lexington, Kentucky.

Please say hi if you see me on a story! Or shoot me an email at Courtney.fischer@abc.com
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