Updated On: Feb 17 2012 01:09:22 PM CST
Courtney Gilmore joined KPRC Local 2 as a reporter in February 2010. Before reporting full time, she held a dual position as traffic reporter/producer for two years.
Courtney is proud to be a true Houstonian -- born and bred in the Bayou City. She graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Courtney trained with the Guthrie Theatre Acting Program at the University of Minnesota, where she also received her BFA degree in Classical Theatre in 2005.
After being away from Houston for six years to attend college and travel, she eventually came back home.
She worked at HCC TV in Houston as a host and reporter for "Today and Tomorrow."
"God has allowed me so many opportunities through my art form. Before graduating from the University of Minnesota, I performed and trained around the world from Shanghi and Beijing, China, to London, England," she said.
When asked about the favorite part of her job, Courtney said, "Each day my eyes are opened to something different. There are so many facets to this industry. The objective is the same -- to help people navigate through their day and to give them a foundation to build upon. But the people are different, their stories are different. I love talking with people on the street, hearing their truths. It's like I am uncovering a new voice."
Her proudest professional moment came when she got the chance to sit down and interview Sidney Poitier.
"I respect his artistry, his passion as a humanitarian, and his love for giving back and leaving a legacy for the next generation," she said.
In her spare time, Courtney is a huge classical theatre buff and loves to read.
"I enjoy reading plays by Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere, August Wilson, and my favorite is Tennessee Williams. I also love memoirs and biographies," she said.
Courtney loves to give back to the Houston community through volunteering at her church.
Her quest for knowledge is far from over.
"About a year and a half ago I went back to school to work on a degree in biblical studies. I now attend Dallas Theological Seminary," she said.