Born and raised in Detroit, Cortney knew early on in life that her love of Radio and TV would lead to a career in Media and it was nothing short of focused determination that helped push her dreams into reality.
In 1994 while attending Michigan State University, Cortney took an internship at WQHH that proved to be her introduction to a successful multi-media career. Cortney’s natural delivery coupled with an ability to connect with listeners and viewers quickly provided an opportunity for her to join the full-time on-air staff well within the year. She came to be known and loved as “Lansing’s Home Girl” and was well sought after and celebrated in the Lansing, MSU community. Cortney’s memorable run as Night Host stayed top of mind with listeners as years later her younger brother, Jay Hicks, held the same position while working his way to Program Director under the guidance of his big sister.
In 1995 while completing her Communication studies at MSU, Cortney accepted an opportunity to join the WEJM staff as the new Midday Host in Chicago, the 3rd largest radio market in the country. After a very successful three year run she was invited to return home and serve as Co-Host for the legendary Mason & Company Morning Show on WJLB from 1997-2000. Cortney then returned to Chicago in 2001 to serve as Midday Host and assist in launching WPWX. Through hard work and dedication, she was promoted to the coveted Morning Show Host position in 2005 making her the first female jock in Chicago radio history to headline a morning show.
In 2007, Cortney relocated to Mobile, AL to join WBLX as Assistant Program Director and Midday Host. She was also picked up as the weekly entertainment and community affairs reporter for NBC 15. After a few years in these positions, Cortney made another career building move when she became the syndicated Midday Host at Radio One, Inc. for WMMJ in D.C. and WDMK in Detroit from 2010-2014.
Cortney’s career continues to expand to now include TV appearances, live vocal performances, along with commercial print modeling and acting. She made a guest appearance in the off Broadway production of The Color Purple, the Vagina Monologues, The Dr. Oz Show and a principle role in the Discovery Channel series “Who The Bleep Did I Marry”. Cortney was a regular Pop Culture contributor for TV One, FOX 5, DC50, and WUSA9 while in D.C. She was a recipient of the CVS Mirror Mirror Award, a FLOTUS press core member for Michelle Obama’s the “Lets Move” campaign and served as the Spokesperson for the YWCA National Capitol Area. From 20015-17, Cortney served as Music Director and Afternoon Host for V101.9FM and Entertainment Contributor for “Good Day Charlotte” on FOX46. Before fully transitioning to TV, she was apart of the line-up on 105.1 The Bounce in Detroit. Currently, Cortney can still be heard on the radio at KISS 103.1 in Central Texas and seen as the Morning News Anchor on WFXG Fox54 in Augusta, GA.