Remembering May 20th, 5 years later
Temperatures to climb back up over the next few days

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
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
  • Moms on meth becoming critical problem for our state

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s a critical problem facing our state, mothers who are on meth. Saturday, deputies say they found Barbara King with the drug in her car and children in the back seat. Drug rehab specialists tell us the issue here is that even when mothers are ready to get help for their meth problem, or anyone for that matter, it’s not as simple as showing up at a treatment center. “It breaks my heart. I’ve been there,” said […]

  • Lawmakers not satisfied with OU’s handling of Nazi loot

    NORMAN, Okla. – An Oklahoma Representative has written a resolution urging the University of Oklahoma’s President to return Nazi loot to its rightful owner, Leone Meyer. hanging in the Fred Jones Museum. Meyer has government documentation confirming Nazis stole the art from her family during WWII. Leone Meyer is 74-years-old. She lives in France and doesn’t speak any English. So her attorney, Pierre Ciric, spoke with News Channel 4 for her. “It’s obviously a very personal and painful journey,” said […]

  • School overcoming obstacles despite bad test scores

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Third graders and their parents were anxiously awaiting individual reading test results Friday. Parents and teachers have complained about the stress and anxiety that come with the third grade end of year exam. It is a key factor that determines whether the kids move on to the fourth grade. In one small school, Crutcho, there are serious challenges. Only four out of 38 students passed the test, labeled proficient. 12 passed with “limited knowledge” and will need […]

  • Chiropractor charged for offering services for sex

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A chiropractor was arrested for the second time on the same charge. It took the state one year and five months to file the official charge against Dr. Shandy Sells. Sells is being charged with offering to engage in lewd acts. Back in 2012, the victim told News Channel Four, “I asked him what he had in mind, and again he said, ‘I’m a man. It’s not rocket science.'” The victim, who asked us to hide her identity, says doctor Sells […]

  • Family remembers wildfire victim

    LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. – Fire crews are working to control a 3,500 acre wildfire in Logan County. The blaze has burnt down at least 30 buildings, many of them homes. One man, Johnnie Knox, has died in the flames. Walking through the neighborhoods, you can see home after home destroyed. At Knox’s home, his brother, Jackie Knox, says his last goodbyes to Johnnie. “He will be missed,” said Jackie. “He’s soft on the inside; a little rough on the outside.” His […]

  • 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

    MOORE, Okla. – If there is one thing Oklahomans know, it is tornado safety. NewsChannel 4 is on a mission to find those who take it a step further. In a 10×12, 6 foot tall cellar, Rocky Stone has built the ultimate bunker. Stepping in, you can not ignore the row of five security camera monitors. Stone is a retired electrician who has a way with wires. Among the televisions and entertainment, he has everything you need to survive a tornado. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mother says she is ready for her son’s execution, state still lacking two lethal injection drugs

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The mother of a death row inmate wants answers after learning the Department of Corrections isn’t ready to execute him. Holding an old photo of her stepson, LaDonna Hollins’ mind takes a dark turn. She pictures him in prison and pictures the woman he killed, Stephanie Neiman. Hollins said, “I do ask myself why. I’ve asked Clayton why, and he just hangs his head and cries.” Nearly 15 years ago, Clayton Lockett admitted to shooting Neiman several […]

  • 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 […]