Courtney Friedman joined KSAT 12 News in August 2014 as a general assignments reporter and videojournalist, and is already in love with San Antonio and it's friendly people.
"When I was 12, I was that kid running around the house with a fake microphone," Courtney said.
However, her future as a journalist wasn't sealed in until high school. That's when a journalism teacher told her, "There's no better feeling in the world than people truly trusting you to tell their story." Courtney has taken that responsibility seriously ever since.
She graduated as a proud Longhorn from the University of Texas, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. The week she graduated, she moved from Austin to Tyler, Texas where she became a reporter and anchor for KYTX CBS 19.
Courtney covered many stories there, including: a high profile double murder case involving the Kaufman County District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney, the record-setting 2011 wildfires that burned thousands of acres across East Texas, and ongoing coverage for area veterans as they battled PTSD and homelessness. She was sent to Ft. Hood to cover the base's second shooting, to Oklahoma to cover tornado damage, and to College Station to cover a mass shooting near campus.
In 2013, she was nominated for a Barbara Jordan Award for her stories about people with disabilities in the workplace.
Courtney said her most memorable interview was with an East Texas man, who was dying of cancer. With just a week left to live, he rode into a fundraiser event on a motorcycle and talked with Courtney on camera about his life. Courtney's camera captured some of the last video taken of the man and his newborn baby girl. His wife said it's footage she'll cherish forever.
Courtney likes to think of herself as an adopted Texan. As a San Diego, California native, she loves the sun and good Mexican food. That's why she knows San Antonio is a perfect fit.
When she's not working she's doing yoga, playing tennis, listening to good live music, exploring fun new places to eat, or cheering on her Longhorns.