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


Why There's More Concern For Farmworkers After Pesticide Cancer Study

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Few people come into contact with farm chemicals the way agricultural workers do. That's why a new health report on a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.


Ranchers, Government Agree To Expand Sage Grouse Conservation in Oregon

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4 p.m.

Ranchers and the federal government have agreed to a plan that protects virtually all of Oregon’s sage grouse habitat.  Ranchers who sign on would be immune from harsher restrictions if the bird is listed as an endangered species.


Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Northwest Public Radio | March 24, 2015 3:15 p.m.

A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. It's now being considered for the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.


Why The Nuclear Energy World Is Thinking Small

Northwest Public Radio | March 12, 2015 6 p.m. | Richland, Washington

In the world of nuclear power, one technology is generating debate: small modular reactors. These small plants are designed to produce power where it’s needed.


Some See Grizzlies As Good For Ecosystem, Others See Them As Bad Neighbors

Northwest Public Radio | March 8, 2015 11 p.m. | Okanogan, Washington

The debate is underway over reintroducing grizzly bears in Washington's North Cascades. Some say grizzlies are too dangerous to bring back while others say they're critical to the health of the region's ecosystem.


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.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

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.

Climate change | Environment

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.

Energy | Environment

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.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

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.

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