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.
From recipes, events and games, a few Steamboat locals share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions.
Kickoff the holiday season this Friday at the "Light Up the Night" Community Tree Lighting on the Routt County Courthouse Lawn from 6 to 7 p.m.
Next week, the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra will present its holiday concert, "Finding Christmas," at the Strings Music Pavilion. The concert will feature Broadway star Tiffany Haas and a variety of local musicians and singers.
In support of Indies First, a national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores, Off the Beaten Path will feature an author who will play the role of a bookseller for the day.
Former Steamboat local and member of the popular American-Irish Supergroup Gaelic Storm, Jessie Burns will bring her musical talents of playing the fiddle with new and old tunes to the Chief Theater this Sunday.
Local singers from the Yampa Valley Choral Society will be among national and international choirs later this month for the Distinguished Concerts International New York's “Messiah…Refreshed” fifth anniversary concert.
Just in time for the holidays, the LuvByrd website comes to Steamboat Springs as a way for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers to find a date or a mate.
Igniting the Christmas spirit for the upcoming holiday season, local bazaars and craft fairs will showcase a wide variety of items that offer gift ideas for friends and family.
Through the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Re-Grant program, five local artists were awarded $5,000 to support projects that the granting agency believes have the greatest community impact and elevate the arts and culture of Steamboat Springs.
It's that time of year again; the Tread of Pioneers Museum's annual Festival of Trees fundraiser event gets underway today.