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Prom unites generations of women, including students at +Waukee Community School District and Lincoln. My newest piece for +The Des Moines Register, and, yes, they are all wearing the dresses they wore to prom. Photos by +Bryon Houlgrave. 
Prom, the "quintessential story of high school," unites generations of women despite differences
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From the heavens to a shot glass: An +Iowa State University professor's quest to create the purest vodka. My newest Sunday cover story for +Des Moines Register and +USA TODAY CC: +Iowa Distilling Company 
From the heavens to a shot glass: Iowa State professor uses ozone gas to create an impurity-free vodka.
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Iowans canoe across North America -- upstream -- and inspire a new +Canoe and Kayak magazine grant. My newest +The Des Moines Register +Des Moines Register piece! Please read and share. 
Kayaking: Six friends are on epic 5,200-mile expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean
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Life inside the bird: Being a college mascot is harder than you think. My newest +Des Moines Register piece about Cy the Cardinal, +Iowa State Athletics and +NCAA Men's Basketball March Madness. Whether you go to +Iowa State University or not, please read and share. 
Yes, the suit is hot and smelly, but the joy on fans' faces and the personal growth each student experiences while being Cy, ISU's mascot, makes the warm funk a mere nuisance.
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My +Des Moines Register profile of Robin Lord Taylor, star of +FOX TV's +Gotham. He was a wonderful, giving interview - just so Iowa nice. Watch tonight at 7 p.m.!
From Shueyville to showtime: Robin Lord Taylor talks growing up in Iowa and ruling Gotham
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I followed the wonderful, well-rounded men of the Chippendales for a whole day. Click to discover what it's like to be a male dancer and how the women think they're doing (the answer is very good)! I am really proud of this one, so please read and share! via +Des Moines Register +The Des Moines Register 
A day in the life of a male dancer is not what you'd expect.
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One day in the life of a +PBR bull rider. My newest piece for the +Des Moines Register follows a rider as he takes on the most extreme sport of all. "The only secret to bull riding," he said, "is to get back on when you fall off." 
One of the world's top bull riders talks about spending life on the road — and on bulls' backs — in his quest to be world champion.
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Diners were split on the opening day of Krunkwich Ramen House, the ramen venture from Sam Auen of +Tacopocalypse. The place was packed and many really loved their meals, but there were definite noodle issues. Sam is closed today to straighten everything out. My coverage for +The Des Moines Register.
Krunkwich Ramen House had a line out the door when it opened, but the restaurant's first day was not without hiccups.
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Being a college mascot is no easy task - It's hotter, smellier and harder than you ever thought. In today's +USA TODAY!
It's not all fun and games for the most enthusiastic figure on the court.
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My newest +Des Moines Register piece about +Disney's +Big Hero 6 Oscar win and the film's director, Don Hall, an Iowan and an all around wonderful guy. 
When Glenwood native Don Hall was just 5 years old, he told his parents that one day he was going to work at Walt Disney.
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'Meat' the Bacon Fest judge who abandons vegetarianism one day a year My +Des Moines Register Sunday cover story about Kevin "Mo" Moreland, a strict vegetarian who breaks it once a year: for +Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.
One-time barbecue restaurant owner Kevin "Mo" Moreland eschews meat. Until Bacon Fest day.
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When writer-producer Adam F. Goldberg set out to cast the 11-year-old lead in his autobiographical sitcom, "The Goldbergs," he wanted a Fred Savage-type kid: Real, slightly awkward, the exact opposite of the stereotypical, oh-so-precocious child actor.

Instead, he encountered LA kid after LA kid, each with a patina of early experience and a slickness that comes from living so close to show business. Their jokes turned too perfectly, their exits were too framed and their movements too robotic, Goldberg said.

Call it the "Disney kid" problem.

The actors "felt like they had been very rehearsed, very practiced," Goldberg said. "The acting was broad and cartoony. … We just wanted a normal kid who went to school, who hadn't been trained."

Then, with the start of production mere days away, Park Ridge-raised Sean Giambrone auditioned.

+Courtney Crowder talks to him.
When writer-producer Adam F. Goldberg set out to cast the 11-year-old lead in his autobiographical sitcom, "The Goldbergs," he wanted a Fred Savage-type kid: Real, slightly awkward, the exact opposite of the stereotypical, oh-so-precocious child actor.
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Reporter and digital producer for the Chicago Tribune. Producer for WGN Radio.
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    Reporter and digital news editor, 2010 - present
    Courtney Crowder is a reporter and digital news editor at the Chicago Tribune. She covers television and literature as well as other entertainment and lifestyle topics. She also produces the weekly talk radio show, After Hours With Rick Kogan, which airs from 9-11 p.m. Sundays on WGN Radio. A graduate of New York University, she loves watching TV, eating gummy bears and traveling to exotic locales. Email tips to cocrowder@tribune.com and find me on Twitter @courtneycare.
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Courtney Crowder is a reporter and digital news editor at the Chicago Tribune. She covers television and literature as well as other entertainment and lifestyle topics. She also produces the weekly talk radio show, After Hours With Rick Kogan, which airs from 9-11 p.m. Sundays on WGN Radio. A graduate of New York University, she loves watching TV, eating gummy bears and traveling to exotic locales. Email tips to cocrowder@tribune.com and find me on Twitter @courtneycare.  
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    Journalism and literature, 2006 - 2010
  • Glenbrook South High School
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