COURTNEY CROWDER

Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register

Courtney Crowder is the Iowa Columnist and a senior writer at the Des Moines Register. She tells human stories with an investigative eye and a narrative touch. She’s a two-time Livingston Award finalist and has won numerous Iowa Newspaper Association Awards and Best of Gannett honors. She co-founded the Des Moines Storytellers Project, a live storytelling event series, and co-launched the Register’s new Off Hours entertainment vertical. During the COVID pandemic, Crowder led the Register’s efforts to document the names and stories of Iowans who died of COVID and penned a 7-part series, “Inside COVID’s Siege,” after spending weeks embedded in an Ames ICU.  She believes in coaxing out the universal truth in people’s stories and knows that if you dig deep enough into anyone’s stories, you’ll find everyone’s story.  A graduate of New York University, Crowder previously worked at the Chicago Tribune. She is a gummy bear aficionado and parallel parking master.
Some of her favorite stories: REDEMPTION ON HIGHWAY 218

How a widow, a daughter, an investigator and a Good Samaritan found peace 20 years after tragedy

THE LIFE, MURDER, AND LEGACY OF MOLLIE TIBBETTS
The untold story of Mollie Tibbetts’ final moments — and her family’s 3-year struggle to reclaim her memory

FEDERAL EXECUTION OF DUSTIN HONKEN

INSIDE COVID’S SIEGE

(landing page for seven-part series): Inside an Iowa hospital gripped by COVID-19

ENROLL NOW