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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Courtney's Stories
Police conduct controversial tactic to stop chase suspect on I-45
The pit maneuver tactic is one that some say not only puts the suspect at risk but also other drivers on the road.
2 found dead in new Third Ward home from possible carbon monoxide poisoning
A family is grieving after discovering a middle-aged man and woman unconscious in the home where a generator was running.
Suspects with AK-47 and pistols shoot at undercover officers, police say
Police say the officers were watching Spotts Park after hours due to a rash of burglaries when they spotted two drivers acting suspicious.
Ex-boyfriend shoots woman multiple times in NW Harris County
This is the second time in just a few days in our area where authorities say a woman was shot by her ex.
Dog rescued from deplorable conditions in Spring home to be reunited with original owner in Washington
Wrangler, a 3-year-old Great Pyrenees, is being reunited with his owner, a U.S. Air Force airman currently serving in Spokane, Washington.
Inside the interview with a teen accused of killing his parents
Were any questions off limits? Is there anything A.J. did not want to talk about? ABC13's Courtney Fischer opens up about her exclusive interview.
'Highly intoxicated' driver accused of killing man on scooter, police say
Police say the man on a motorized scooter was on the sidewalk when the driver's pickup left the road and hit him, tearing the scooter apart.
It snowed overnight, but where?
Flurries with a chance of hope! Sure, we're not waking up to a winter wonderland, but at least one person swears she saw flakes.
Thousands in cash found in home near Katy where pregnant woman was shot
Police found nearly $100K in cash and large amounts of marijuana while investigating a home invasion where a pregnant woman was shot.
Innocent driver killed in crash, other driver accused of 4th DWI
The driver turned left because he had a flashing yellow light but slammed head-on into the victim's car, authorities said.