Named one of "Buzzfeed's" Top 5 Black Female Entertainment Journalists Under 30 in Hollywood, COURTNEY TEZENO is an on-air personality, producer and content creator based in Los Angeles. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Courtney hit the ground running after graduating from the famous J-School at the University of Missouri.
Known for her professionalism, authenticity and Southern charm she is quickly becoming a force in the broadcast business. Viewers watched Courtney in action Monday thru Friday as the co-host of Close Up by E! News, where she delivered daily entertainment news and commentary, on streaming platform Quibi. The Texas native is currently lending her voice to the podcast space with her co-hosted show, Boss Lady Energy, dedicated to giving modern women a space to learn, listen and build community. Before joining the NBC Digital family, Courtney served up personality filled with her wit and insight across all Entertainment Tonight platforms, including the Emmy award-winning broadcast, ET Online and 24/7 streaming network, ET Live. Whether she's preaching pop culture with her commentary on trending news or interviewing Hollywood's biggest stars on the red carpet like Donald Glover, Gabrielle Union, Reese Witherspoon, Jordan Peele, Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana or Dwayne Johnson to name a few, Courtney's authentic approach leaves a lasting impression.
She also appears on JUCE TV, a nationally syndicated Christian television network under TBN, where she hosts a monthly music countdown, TX10 and XVZ.
Upon arriving to LA, Courtney started as a red carpet reporter and host of Hollyscoop. She wrote, produced and hosted daily entertainment news segments featured on AOL, Huffington Post, Yahoo and more. She also served as a host for ModaMob News, a beauty and fashion channel for AOL. Her daily reports and red carpet interviews received over 15 million views a month online. Previously, she appeared on a weekly co-hosted show, BHL 'NEXT', where she had candid conversations with Black Hollywood’s rising stars, including Tiffany Haddish.
She's no stranger to the hard news route as well. Courtney cut her teeth as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor at NBC-affiliate KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO. Prior to earning her broadcast journalism degree, she was named the first high school intern for Houston PBS.
As a former pageant girl (and finalist at Miss California USA 2016), her motto "Wake Up and Win" focuses on seizing each day, uplifting others and achieving the limitless dreams God has promised for everyone. This led her to create her own digital empowerment series, Teztimonial, where Courtney shares her truth and allows others to do the same on her self-run YouTube. From career advice to curly hair product reviews, Courtney is passionate about inspiring others in the entertainment and beauty industry. When’s she not binge-watching her favorite 90’s sitcoms or managing Beyonce’s Beyhive, you can find her volunteering in the Los Angeles community.