EarthFix/NWPR reporter

Courtney Flatt

Courtney Flatt began her journalism career at The Dallas Morning News as a neighbors 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.

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Recent Articles


Crews Work To Clean Up Yakima River Oil Spill

Northwest Public Radio | March 2, 2015 12:15 p.m.

Emergency crews are responding to a 1,500 gallon oil spill in Central Washington’s Yakima River.  The used motor oil has threatened wildlife since it escaped Sunday from an above-ground storage tank at the site of a former feedlot.


Public Input Sought On Plan For Grizzly Bear Reintroduction In Washington

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 27, 2015 3:15 p.m.

The North Cascades used to be home to thousands of grizzly bears. Their numbers have dwindled to only a handful over the past century. Now, the federal government is asking for your input on helping out Washington’s grizzlies


New Orca Baby Spotted Off Washington Coast

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 26, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Researchers off the Washington coast have spotted a newborn orca calf. The days-old baby is the third calf born in recent months to the area’s endangered killer whales.


A New System To Keep Troops Cool And Use Less Diesel

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 25, 2015 3:42 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Keeping cool may soon take a lot less energy. Northwest researchers have developed a new air cooling system that could be used in cars, buildings and on the Navy’s front lines.


Heed Those 'Closed Trail' Signs If You Want To Help Wildlife

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 20, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Warming temperatures and snow-free terrain might have you itching to hike your favorite trail. But make sure the trail isn't closed this time of year to protect wintering animals.


W.Va. Oil Train Derailment Has NW Lawmakers Thinking About Safety

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 18, 2015 6:15 p.m.

This week’s fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia has lawmakers thinking about oil-by-rail safety through the Northwest.


Sage Grouse Conservation Spending Reaches $300m

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 12, 2015 5:15 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s spent about $300 million to help restore and conserve more than 4 million acres of sage grouse habitat.


Can Northwest Forests Be Protected From Future Mega-Fires?

EarthFix | Feb. 3, 2015 12:30 a.m. | WINTHROP, Washington

The Carlton Complex wildfire burned more acres in Okanogan County than any other fire in Washington state history. Ecologists are trying to make forests more resilient now to help prevent these large-scale fires.


Tracking Columbia River Salmon With Tiny Tags

Northwest Public Radio | Feb. 2, 2015 5 p.m.

Tracking salmon as they move past Columbia River dams just got a little easier. Scientists are using a new tag so small that researchers can inject it with a syringe into the fishes' bellies.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Oregon’s Wolves Reach Recovery Milestone

OPB | Jan. 28, 2015 3:03 p.m.

Wolves in the eastern third of Oregon have reached a key milestone in the state’s recovery program.


Startup Seeks To Distill Solar-Powered Alcohol

Northwest Public Radio | Jan. 23, 2015 4:30 p.m. | RICHLAND, Wash.

There’s no lack of sun east of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. That bright sunlight may soon help get a new distillery off the ground.

Environment | Climate change

2014: Earth's Hottest Year On Record, Warm In Northwest Too

Northwest Public Radio | Jan. 16, 2015 3:56 p.m.

Last year was the hottest year on record, according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Judge Rules Dairies Are Contaminating Yakima Valley Drinking Water

Northwest Public Radio | Jan. 14, 2015 6 p.m.

A judge rules that dairies are contaminating drinking water in Washington’s Yakima Valley.

Environment | Energy

Moving Salmon Above Grand Coulee Dam Is A Viable Option: Report

Northwest Public Radio | Jan. 12, 2015 4:28 p.m. | Portland

Can salmon and steelhead be reintroduced above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams? That’s the question that the Northwest Power and Conservation Council will discuss Tuesday.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Another Threat To Spotted Owls: Fire

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 30, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Logging and barred owls are major threats to the Northwest’s spotted owl. But there’s another threat that’s increasing every year for the threatened bird: fire.

Environment | Water

Yakima Valley Dairies Pledge To Reduce Nitrate Pollution

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 17, 2014 4:08 p.m.

After a more than a year of testing, dairies in Washington’s Lower Yakima Valley are trying to reduce pollution from manure. The EPA is presenting its findings at a meeting in Granger, Washington, Thursday.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Endangered Species Decision For Sage Grouse Delayed By Congressional Maneuvering

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 13, 2014 8:32 p.m.

A rider in a spending bill That won final congressional approval Saturday would delay a decision about whether to place the greater sage grouse on the Endangered Species list.

Environment | Communities

Yakama Nation Sues Army Corps Over Columbia River Cleanup

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 11, 2014 6:11 p.m.

For decades the Army Corps of Engineers used an island near the Bonneville Dam as a dumping ground. Toxic chemicals leaked into the Columbia River. The island is also a historic fishing site for the Yakama Nation.

Land | Environment

Illegal Four-Wheeling Takes A Toll On Public Lands

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 4, 2014 12:22 p.m.

When back roads get muddy, enforcement officers worry about people illegally driving through the mud on public lands. Spinning tires and heavy rigs can destroy sensitive meadows that provide habitat for wildlife.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

How Killing Wolves Might Be Leading To More Livestock Attacks

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 3, 2014 11 a.m.

A new study from Washington State University found killing wolves that attack wildlife increases future livestock attacks.

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