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Courtney Francisco joined the KFOR-TV team as a reporter in Sept. of 2012.

Courtney is an award-winning reporter who comes to Oklahoma from Beaumont, Texas.
She also worked in Waco, Texas where she shot, wrote and edited all of her stories.

During her time in Texas, Courtney covered a wide variety of stories including the Article 32 hearing of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, the devastating 2011 drought and the execution of Lawrence Brewer, the man convicted in the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr.

Courtney grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee.

She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

One of Courtney’s favorite hobbies is horseback riding.
When not working, she can be found trying out the restaurants around the city.
She is excited to learn about the culture in Oklahoma.
If you have a story idea, email her at Courtney.Francisco@kfor.com.
Life Goal – to make a habit of enjoying the present moment.
Favorite TV Show – King of the Hill because it’s funny and My Strange Addiction because I like watching the unexpected.
Favorite Car – a clean one!
Happiest moment in my life was… So far, making it through college and starting a career after a lot of hard work.
4 notable persons you’d invite to dinner – Lara Logan, Ron Turcotte (Hall of Fame Jockey and rider of Secretariat — I’m into horse racing) Will Ferrell (I love to laugh) and Hunter Thompson
Favorite food – chicken and dumplings and banana peppers
Pet – I don’t have a pet. I had a Chihuahua named Poco for 16 years. I can’t replace her because my loyalty is to her.
Knew you wanted to be a reporter when … I watched news growing up, and I realized it is how we get life-changing information about our community.
Best movie of all time – When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. It’s an important documentary about the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Hardest part of my job – Seeing the effects of senseless, tragic crimes.
Favorite holiday – Thanksgiving. Family and food!
School fight song – On! On! U of K!
My favorite story of all time – I don’t know if I have a favorite yet, but most interesting would be Article 32 Hearing of accused Fort Hood Shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan.
People are surprised when I tell them… my heritage.
I like to listen to… country music or listen to people tell funny, real life experiences.
Favorite Book – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
I’d jump at the chance to… go to Paris, France.
Best part of the day – evening, just before dark.
Favorite place to be other than home & work – Relaxing on the beach with family.

Recent Articles
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    Update: Man accused of stabbing dog in head waives preliminary hearing

    UPDATE: On Monday, Paul Factor waived his preliminary hearing. Factor is accused of jumping the fence at Beck’s Auto and stabbing a dog in the head. Factor’s attorney says his client drank too much alcohol the night of the break-in and regrets his actions. At this time, Factor is charged with burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon and animal cruelty.   OKLAHOMA CITY – Police now have a prime suspect in a case of animal cruelty that happened last August. For […]

  • locofire

    Update: Almost $1 million in damage reported in Logan County wildfires, cause still undetermined

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  • Johnny Knox

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  • Letter from Lockett: “Cause I’m an assassin — point blank!”

    OKLAHOMA CITY – News Channel Four has obtained the taped confession of Clayton Lockett recorded 15 years ago. It came with prison files that detailed his stay behind prison walls. In it, he talks in detail about the night he shot Stephanie Neiman and watched his two accomplices bury her alive. “I could hear her breathing and crying and everything,” said Lockett while casually smoking a cigarette. Just two days earlier, Lockett, his best friend, Shawn Mathis and cousin, Alfonzo Lockett, broke […]

  • INTERVIEW: ‘He was almost trying to move off the gurney,’ reporter witnesses botched execution

    Watching an execution is difficult, even traumatic, especially when something goes wrong. NewsChannel 4’s Courtney Francisco was one of the few to witness Clayton Lockett’s controversial execution in McAlester, Oklahoma. This is Courtney’s firsthand account of what she witnessed. MORE: Get the full story on Lockett’s botched execution, his crimes and the victims  

  • Oklahoman takes shelter from storms in style

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  • Courtney Ed Execution live

    Oklahoma botches lethal injection, KFOR-TV reporter witnesses execution gone wrong

    NewsChannel 4′s Courtney Francisco was a witness to the scheduled execution, she provided the following time line: 6:23 PM – Prison officials raise the blinds. Execution begins. 6:28 PM – Inmate shivering, sheet shaking.  Breathing deep. 6:29 PM – Inmate blinking and gritting his teeth.  Adjusts his head. 6:30 PM – Prison officials check to see if inmate is unconscious.  Doctor says “He’s not unconscious”.  Inmate says “I’m not.”  Female prison official says, “Mr. Lockett is not unconscious.” 6:32 PM […]

  • Did husband kill wife out of goodness of his heart?

    CRESCENT, Okla. – It was, perhaps, the most important argument of Mark Schemm’s life. Did he kill his wife, Monica, out of the goodness of his heart? “We didn’t understand we had questions. Mark had been a part of the family longer than I had,” said Kelly Bisel. Bisel was Monica’s brother-in-law. He explained that Monica battled brain cancer and a head injury over the past 22 years. Times were getting harder, but she had her husband and kids by […]

  • The man behind the flaming RV

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  • RAW VIDEO: High-speed Oklahoma RV chase is like scene from ‘Breaking Bad’

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  • Owner of horses sends message after carriage ride chaos

    MUSTANG, Okla. – The owner of the horse and wagon team that flipped while loaded with school children is speaking about the accident. 13 people were injured, 10 of them children, when a horse and carriage ride went haywire during the annual reenactment of the historic landrun at Centinnial Elementary. Chris Maxeiner described the crash the best way a nine-year-old can. Maxeiner said, “Scarier than if witches and vampires were real in a haunted house. Scarier than that if it […]