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.

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Manvel Police Department has sent back the still-unidentified remains of "Princess Blue," which was found in 1990.



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
Super Feast gives away 20,000 Thanksgiving meals in downtown
This year's Super Feast looked a little different, but it had the same holiday cheer.
Curfews could be coming to Houston if COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, Mayor Turner says
Could a nightly curfew be on the horizon in Houston? Mayor Sylvester Turner said he isn't ruling anything out.
13 Unsolved: Family prays DNA evidence might finally bring killer to justice in 24-year-old Thanksgiving cold case
A 29-year-old woman was due at Thanksgiving in 1996 but never made it. Now, her family is still looking for whoever raped and strangled her.
HPD looking for suspects who shot 14-year-old, then ran over him
A family is now mourning the loss of their 14-year-old son right before Thanksgiving.
Woman known as 'Princess Blue' reunited with family 3 decades later
On Sept. 10, 1990, a woman's bones were found on the side of a road. Three decades later, the woman has been identified.
Texas among states chosen to test Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Pfizer picked Texas to test because of our diversity, population size and the ability to reach people in both cities and rural areas.
After 4 years of construction and delays, upgraded SH-288 now open
And you won't have to pay tolls through the end of the month.
Man accused of killing HPD sergeant part of 'The Sauce Factory' gang, court records say
The 24-year-old man accused of killing an HPD sergeant, who was also a father of four children, appeared for the first time in court.
Motel manager recalls slain HPD sergeant's last moments
The manager said Sgt. Sean Rios stumbled in covered in blood and repeatedly said, "Call 911" before collapsing and dying in front of him.
Houston police officer killed in north Houston is 2nd officer killed in 3 weeks
Sgt. Sean Rios, a 25-year veteran of the department, was killed in what Chief Art Acevedo called a "gun battle."