Courtney Crowder Author's Twitter Title: Freelance Writer Location: Des Moines, Iowa Expertise: Reporting, Media, News, Decorating, Holidays Courtney Crowder tells human stories with an investigative eye and a narrative touch. She’s a two-time Livingston Award finalist and has won numerous Iowa Newspaper Association Awards.HighlightsTwo-time Livingston Award FinalistCo-founder of the Des Moines Storytellers ProjectCo-launched the Des Moines Register's Off Hours entertainment vertical Experience Courtney Crowder is the Iowa Columnist and a senior writer at the Des Moines Register. She tells human stories with an investigative eye and a narrative touch. She’s a two-time Livingston Award finalist and has won numerous Iowa Newspaper Association Awards and Best of Gannett honors. She co-founded the Des Moines Storytellers Project, a live storytelling event series, and co-launched the Register’s new Off Hours entertainment vertical. During the COVID pandemic, Crowder led the Register’s efforts to document the names and stories of Iowans who died of COVID and penned a 7-part series, “Inside COVID’s Siege,” after spending weeks embedded in an Ames ICU. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.