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.
Not sure what to do this weekend? Explore brings you its top five picks for Saturday's and Sunday's round of events.
Coming all the way from the Midwest, the Widespread Panic tribute band, Mom's Kitchen, will be in Steamboat Springs Friday for a performance at Old Town Pub.
This weekend, South Routt will offer a variety of events that encompass Oak Creek's heritage. The Labor Day celebrate begins Friday and continues through Monday.
After the success of the newly added airshow last year, the Wild West Air Fest will have more pilots and aircrafts creating a spectacle in the sky for all to enjoy.
On Friday, three local artists and art teachers will showcase their wide variety of artwork to educate students by taking their lesson plans outside the classroom and into the real world.
Benefiting the North Routt Community Charter School, the annual North Routt BBQ is one of the school's biggest fundraisers and will take place this Saturday at the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse.
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will present "Shirley Valentine," a witty one-woman play starring local resident Nina Rogers on Saturday and Sunday at the Depot Art Center.
Sharing the stage with artists like the John Butler Trio, Trevor Hall and Big Head Todd and The Monsters, the Rob Drabkin Band will bring its unique roots rock sound to Steamboat Springs Friday at Schmiggity's.
Touring the country before the release of their newest album "Yours and Mine," indie-folk duo Dawn and Hawkes will be back in Steamboat Springs at the Chief Theater Friday evening.
Not sure what to do this weekend? Explore brings you its top five picks for this weekend's round of events.