Driving out to Steamboat is always a different experience for me. Sometimes it’s a vacation, a visit to see friends, a ski trip, or a retreat to get away from Iowa for a few weeks. But when I drove out here in May 2014, it was for a new beginning.
Originally, I am from Muscatine, Iowa, a small rural town with a population of 22,000. I went to Muscatine High School but graduated from a high school in Varberg, Sweden, after a year as an exchange student through Muscatine’s Rotary chapter. After that, I started my freshman year of college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. My sophomore year (2012) I decided to transfer back to the University of Iowa and became heavily involved with the local newspaper, the Daily Iowan. I started out as a metro reporter then became an arts and entertainment reporter. Something just clicked. I loved every minute of it and got a job as a reporter for Hoopla, the arts and entertainment section of the Cedar Rapids Gazette newspaper in May 2013. I was also a freelance reporter for the Muscatine Magazine. In December 2013, I got a job as the marketing and special events intern for the Iowa City Downtown District, a nonprofit organization that implements marketing campaigns, events and projects to benefit local businesses in Iowa City. I graduated in May 2014 from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication studies.
When people ask me why I decided to pursue journalism, I always tell them a somewhat cliche answer, but it’s the truth. People I meet throughout my career continue to fascinate me. I love to learn about their stories, their passions and motivations. My curiosity leads me to venture out of my comfort zone and connect with someone about his or her life.
I’ve been traveling to Steamboat Springs in the summer and winter with my family since I was 15. I’ve loved everything about Steamboat. Not only does it offer the fresh, crisp air — something that is almost unheard of during Iowa’s humid summers — there is always something to do.
When I’m not working, I love to get out and go for a hike. If I had to choose my favorite place to go, it would have to be Devil’s Causeway. I also enjoy running, biking, skiing, yoga and reading anything from mystery novels to cookbooks.
This weekend singer, songwriter, and tribute artist of John Denver will be in Steamboat for a local fundraiser.
Rock climbing in Steamboat is one of the many adventures that people can take part in. Reporter Audrey Dwyer wrote about her experience climbing the Bob Grey Tower.
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In correlation to the International Mountain Biking Association World Summit, Steamboat's High School League Mountain Bike team will host a movie night of a film that shows what it takes to compete at the high school level.
Capturing changing landscapes, artist involved in Plein Air Competitions offer a different kind of spontaneous intensity. One local artist recently won "Best in Show" for her Plein Air painting.
Coming from other popular bands across Colorado, the Great Guys formed more than a year ago and will be in Steamboat under this alias for the first time.
For Steamboat resident, Grace Hampton, her heart remains in Africa and through a steadfast dedication to one community in Malawi, Africa, she has created a new-found hope for the community.
Coming together to celebrate the foundation laid down by ancestors from the World War II era, veterans of the Rocky Mountain 10th Mountain Division and their family members gathered in Steamboat.
The 10th Steamboat Olympic Triathlon brought a few changes that resulted in an increase of athletes for this year's event.
After a three day visit from Sketchbook Project's Mobile Library, Steamboat residents find inspiring stories and hope to see the library on tour again soon.