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Courtney Friel

Courtney Friel is an American anchor and reporter on television in the U.S. She is currently a weekend evening news anchor at KTLA in Los Angeles, California.  Previously, Courtney covered entertainment for Fox-owned-and-operated station KTTV in Los Angeles. She also worked for other local stations and Fox News.

Prior to her move to KTLA, Courtney served as the entertainment reporter at Fox News Channel. She contributed to various entertainment-related programs for the network’s website, In addition, Courtney was a frequent guest contributor on the Fox News late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld.

Courtney Friel Age

Friel was born on April 22, 1980, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. She is  42 years old.

Courtney Friel Education

She attended and graduated from Methacton High School in Eagleville, Pennsylvania. There, Courtney frequently made the televised morning announcements. She was also active in the school’s media production class. Courtney was chosen to appear in Channel One News student-produced week in Los Angeles after submitting a short video. Furthermore,  Courtney graduated from San Diego State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Courtney Friel Ktla

After working six years at Fox News Channel, Courtney joined KTLA in 2013. She joined Fox News Channel in February 2007 and worked as a New York correspondent, headline anchor, and fill-in host for “Fox & Friends, ” for Fox News.  She also appeared in Maxim and FHM.  Courtney stated on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld’s show that she would be moving to Fox News Los Angeles bureau on November 22, 2011. Additionally, she has appeared on TV shows and movies including Veep, Goliath, and XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Prior to moving to Fox News Channel,  Friel anchored and reported for the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs. She also worked for ABC station in Jackson, Tenn. Before that,  Courtney served as an anchor at ABC affiliate WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee. In May 2003, she covered the tornado outbreak sequence and covered the devastation while at WBBJ-TV.

Courtney Friel Poker

She worked as a sports anchor and entertainment reporter for GoTV Mobile Television. Courtney also served as the hostess for the World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel. Impressively, she was the host of GameStop/EBGames “EB TV” which boasted of recently released and upcoming video games.

Courtney previously co-anchored Court TV’s The Saturday Night Solution. Additionally, she worked as a field reporter for various networks including E!, Oxygen Channel and Comcast Cable, the World Poker Tour, as well as the syndicated program Extra. As a result, Courtney got her start in the industry as a student reporter for Channel One News. Moreover, She worked as an entertainment reporter for KTTV-TV.

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Courtney Friel Book

Her Book, Tonight at 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News has this inspiring addiction that made headlines everywhere0; 
As a teenager, Courtney Friel was a shy girl tormented by constant, cruel bullying. Then, at the age of 15, she got drunk for the first time. That’s when she formed her alter ego, “Reporter Friel” -a whip-smart girl who partied hard, bulldozed any haters in her path, and went on to become the youngest on-air anchor ever hired at Fox News.

After falling in love with the big city and the fast life of broadcast television, Friel moved to New York City, married a handsome fellow newscaster, and had two beautiful children. Her career and her status were skyrocketing, and from the outside, her life seemed perfect. In reality, Friel was living a double life as a professional newscaster by day and a debauched party girl by night.

To keep the trauma of the mass shootings, murders, and car accidents she covered at bay, Friel drank more alcohol and ramped up her use of Adderall, Xanax, and cocaine…until she ended up in rehab. What came next was a rocky divorce, a spiritual crisis, and a hopeful shot at a new life–if she could reckon with who she really was.

In Tonight at 10, Friel gives her tell-all account of everything from paying off cops in Mexico after a cocaine bust to sober sexcapades to, ultimately, adventures in holistic healing to achieve deep inner peace. At every detour along the way, her sobering story stays packed with irreverent humor and hard-won optimism. What emerges is a front-line report on living life to the fullest, #KeepingItFriel and celebrating your inner party girl–even in sobriety.

Courtney Friel Jim Hecht|Wedding

Friel is happily married to her husband Jim Hecht. The couple tied the knot in a beautiful wedding on 10th October 2020. Previously, Courtney was married to Carter Evans who is a correspondent for CBS News with whom she has two children. Courtney married Carter in May 2005 but later divorced in 2016. Notably, she released an autobiography(book) entitled Tonight at 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News. In the book, Courtney details her past drug and alcohol addictions. In August 2020, It was announced that Zero Gravity had optioned the film rights to turn the memoir into a biopic. 

Courtney Friel Salary|Net Worth

Courtney is a high-profile weekend anchor at KTLA and is best known as a host of the video podcast “Keepin’ It Friel: Conversations on Recovery.” Previously, she worked as a national correspondent for Fox News Channel and hosted the “World Poker Tour.” Additionally, Courtney has more than a decade sober and speaks on the topic all around the country. Courtney earns an average salary of $325,769 annually and has an estimated net worth of $3.2 million.

What Happened To Courtney Friel

She was notably absent from the air Saturday and Sunday in January 2020 after the New York Daily News featured an excerpt from her new book that claims that prior to becoming the president, Donald Trump once propositioned her. Courtney was scheduled for a vacation around her book tour beginning mid-January 2020 according to her publicist who told TheWrap. However, Courtney did not appear for any of her regular weekend shifts on Saturday or Sunday.

How Tall Is Courtney Friel

Courtney’s physical configuration is super and she is an average woman in stature with a height of 5 feet and 6 inches.

Is Courtney Friel Married

Courtney grew up in Philadelphia PA. She is happily married to Jim Hecht since October 2020. Courtney has a  son and a daughter from her previous marriage with Carter. Together with her husband Jim and children, the family of four now lives in LA.

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