Courtney is the Iowa Columnist and a senior writer at the Des Moines Register. In 2023, she was named best features writer (Division Two) by the Society for Features Journalism. A Headliner Award winner, two-time Livingston Award finalist and DART Award finalist, Crowder tells human stories with an investigative eye and a narrative touch.
As the COVID pandemic raged, Crowder led the Register’s efforts to document the names and stories of Iowans who died of COVID through the “Iowa Mourns” obituary project and penned a seven-part series, “Inside COVID’s Siege,” after spending weeks embedded in an ICU. She co-founded the Des Moines Storytellers Project, a live storytelling event series, and co-launched the Register’s new Off Hours entertainment vertical.
In 2023, she expanded into audio and visual mediums by co-directing, “Shift: The RAGBRAI Documentary,” and producing and hosting an episode of “Proof,” a podcast from America’s Test Kitchen.