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.
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In celebration of Valentine's Day, Explore Steamboat asked a few locals to share their love stories.
This year marks Steamboat Springs' sixth annual production of "The Vagina Monologues." The show features a series of monologues read by local actors as a way to support One Billion rising, a global campaign to end violence against women.
Celebrating the outdoors, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps 10th annual fundraiser, the Moonshine Ski & Dine, will take place this Friday at the Catamount Lake House.
The melodramatic tale of "The Secret of Yonder Mountain" is back at the Chief Theater every Thursday throughout February and March featuring as entertainment for all ages.
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.