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.
Mardi Gras festivities will kickoff on Saturday in Gondola Square with a parade, New Orleans inspired food, street performers and a free concert with the Portland-based band MarchFourth!
This year marks the 103rd Winter Carnival featuring a variety of traditional events from the community tubing party to the street events and Night Extravaganza.
This month the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts will feature two events that generate an appreciation for abstract art starting on Friday in conjunction to the First Friday Artwalk.
Featuring sketch comedy, improv, music, dancing, witty comebacks and satirical innuendos, The Super Fun Steamboat Show is back for a new season starting Friday.
With a total amount of $412,807, the Steamboat Springs City Council will distribute funds to the environmental coalition, the arts and culture coalition and the human resources coalition.
Reflecting the theme, "Warmth of Winter," the 2016 Winter Carnival button illustrates the meaning of community and friendship.
Representing the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on and off the mountain, the 2016 Winter Carnival court includes Logan Sankey as queen along with Anna Burkholder and Ashley Spiegel as attendants.
On tour, California based country rocker Mark Mackay will be in Steamboat on Friday to headline the Steamboat Smokehouse.
On Friday, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will present it's new three-part series program "A Taste of History” featuring historic recipes, cooking methods and tastings of the local heritage.
On Friday and Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium will be transformed into the Land of Oz as the Elevation Dance Studio presents "The Wiz."