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 Saturday, kids, ages 7 to 17, will have an opportunity to create artwork that could be published in the children's book, "Eli and Mort's Epic Adventures."
Kids find inspiration from authors and illustrators at annual literary festival
The third annual literary arts festival for kids and all children's book enthusiasts features four award-winning authors and illustrators May 9 at the library.
At the Depot Art Center Friday, a new kind of exhibit will feature the Eastern aesthetic "Wabi-Sabi" through local artists' digital photography.
First Friday Artwalk listings for May 1, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.
This weekend the independent documentary film, "Coast Modern" will have a screening at the Chief Theater to celebrate National Architecture and Landscape Architecture month.
Since the 1980s, co-CEO of Archie Comics, Nancy Silberkleit has collected Archie memorabilia and shares the extensive collection with libraries across the nation. The display will be in Steamboat until Saturday.
Stop is part of T.C. Boyle’s tour celebrating 25th novel, ‘The Harder They Come’
Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, T.C. Boyle will be in Steamboat Springs as part of a tour for his 25th novel, "The Harder They Come."
The lineup for the 2015 Literary Sojourn includes renowned authors with national recognition and numerous awards. Tickets for the 23rd annual event go on sale in July.
For the 12th year in a row the Steamboat Wine Festival will host renowned wineries and foodies from across the country.
Now in its ninth season the local philanthropy program known as Impact 100 awards four nonprofits.