NWPR/EarthFix 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


Hanford Workers' Skin Exposed To Radioactive Waste

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 19, 2016 5:15 p.m.

At least 10 Hanford workers were exposed to radioactive waste Tuesday at the nuclear cleanup site’s tank farm in southeast Washington.

Environment | Water

In Waitsburg, A Proposed Water Bottling Plant Creates Division

Northwest Public Radio | Aug. 16, 2016 12:40 p.m. | Waitsburg, Washington

Nestle is looking to build a commercial water bottling plant in the Northwest. Its most recent pitch is to the town of Waitsburg, Washington. The plan is tying the small community in knots.

Election | News | Communities | local | Politics

Washington ACLU Files Voting Rights Lawsuit Against Pasco

Northwest News Network | Aug. 4, 2016 4:40 p.m.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday the group alleges that the city is violating elections laws by not giving Latinos a fair voice in the current election system.


Nestle Stirs Controversy With New Plan For Northwest Water Bottling Plant

Northwest Public Radio | Aug. 4, 2016 12:40 p.m.

After residents said no to building a water bottling plant in Hood County, Oregon, Nestlé shifts focus to another small town.

News | local

Crews Say Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts

Northwest News Network | Aug. 1, 2016 4:45 p.m.

More than 100 crew members are working to keep a wildfire in southwest Washington from spreading. But they say something could slow that work down: drones.

Environment | Land | News | local

Wildfire Season Blazes Into The Northwest

Northwest News Network | Aug. 1, 2016 6:30 a.m.

Several wildfires have broken out throughout Washington and Oregon this weekend after high heat, low humidity and strong winds picked up.

Environment | Air | Health | Climate change

Researchers To Study How Climate Change Affects Air Quality

Northwest Public Radio | April 13, 2016 2:49 p.m.

New research could help scientists learn more about things that influence  air quality throughout the Western United States, such as climate change and the rise in wildfires and pollution.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Wildlife Officer Speaks Dutch, Has 4 Legs And A Tail

Northwest Public Radio | Jan. 13, 2016 12:47 p.m.

A wildlife officer now has a new companion to keep him company on the trails: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's very first enforcement dog in the Northwest.


New Rice Could Help Reduce Global Greenhouse Gases

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 16, 2015 noon

Rice paddies are one of the biggest sources of global methane emissions — a potent greenhouse gas. Now, researchers have found a way to nearly eliminate methane emissions from rice paddies.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Land

Washington Inmates Help Restore Greater Sage Grouse Habitat

Northwest Public Radio | Nov. 6, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Inmates at a Washington prison are the first in the nation to  grow sagebrush that can be used to restore an ecosystem that's vital for the survival of a native bird called the greater sage grouse.

Agriculture | Environment | Land use | Communities | Land

Contaminated Soil Lingers Where Apples Once Grew

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington

At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.

Communities | Agriculture | Health | Environment | Land use | Land

Tips For Staying Safe Around Contaminated Soil

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.

Communities | History | Agriculture | Environment | Land use | Land

How A Banned Chemical Helped Clean Up Washington’s Orchards

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

DDT was banned in 1972 because of its harm to human health and the environment. DDT can take more than 15 years to break down in the environment, meaning it leaves a toxic trace for many years. But when it replaced lead arsenate in the late 1940s, “DDT was the savior.”

Communities | History | Agriculture | Environment | Science | Land use | Land

NW Officials Aren’t Testing Yards Suspected Of Lead And Arsenic Contamination. So We Did.

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.

Environment | Water

Pumping Water From A Cascades Lake to Irrigate Orchards

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Easton, Washington

A drought plan for Washington’s Yakima basin calls for a mountain lake to be partially drained to provide more water for agriculture. That’s struck a nerve with some conservation groups and homeowners.

News | local

Escaped Juvenile Inmate Expected To Survive

Northwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2015 2:45 p.m.

The 16-year-old escaped from a fire camp Friday night after assaulting a guard. He had stolen a gun from a truck parked near the camp.

Environment | News | local

Weather Could Cause Trouble For Washington Fire Crews

Northwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2015 2:31 p.m.

Weather is expected to cause more problems Monday for fires in north central Washington. The Okanogan Complex is burning more than 250,000 acres.

Environment | News

For Fire Crews in Chelan, Safety Is Top Priority

OPB | Aug. 23, 2015 9:35 a.m.

Fire crews Saturday had an easier time with wind in North Central Washington.


Juvenile Inmate Firefighter Flown To Seattle After Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

OPB | Aug. 23, 2015 9:31 a.m.

A juvenile inmate helping fight wildfires in North Central Washington escaped Friday after allegedly assaulting a staff member.


Wind Could Shift Direction Of Chelan Complex Fires

Northwest News Network | Aug. 21, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Wind is continuing to whip up wildfires burning in north central Washington state. After a dry cold front blew through this morning, another strong...

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