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.
The family-friendly Maker Faire event on Saturday will feature a variety of new ideas and inventions for the community with hands-on learning and demonstrations.
This Saturday marks the Third annual Hayden Cog Ride, which will showcase the history and landscape of Hayden, while benefiting the Hayden Heritage Center.
For their spring concert, the Steamboat Chamber Singers have added new music — rooted in Irish traditions — to their repertoire and plan surprise appearances from locals actors and musicians.
The Steamboat Springs High School students will bring colliding love stories alive this weekend with their newest production, William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
The National Endowment for the Arts recently approved Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for funding which will enable the organization's new Perry-Mansfield in the Community initiative to begin next year.
A variety of events are planned Saturday for all ages to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council's 34th annual "Cabaret," themed "The Farce Awakens," will take the stage at the Chief Theater this weekend with shows Friday and Saturday.
Bistro c.v. and Low Country Kitchen owners and staff will head to New York City to cook at the highly selective James Beard House, a culinary honor.
The 13th annual Steamboat Wine Festival will kick off again in August, and tickets are now on sale.
Steamboat Springs is one step closer in the possibility of becoming a designated Colorado Creative District. Earlier this week the Colorado Creative Industries selected Steamboat Springs as one of the eight finalists in pursuit of the Creative District certification.