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, the Work of Human Hands Bazaar will be back in its original location at the Holy Name Catholic Church to offer items from vendors around the world.
After two years, Pirate Theater is back this weekend with a new show, "Colorado Jones and The End of the ‘Boat as We Know It.” Equipped with new jokes and comedic elements the show will be one not to miss this season.
This weekend a play abundant with inspiration and music will be performed at the Depot Art Center. With only a cast of five, the play will highlight Mozart's life and his music.
The Student Government Association at Colorado Mountain College will host a film festival this week with a handful of student organizations selecting a wide variety of films for the community and students to enjoy.
Making a living playing music is not an easy endeavor. But for those skilled and persistent enough to make it work, it’s certainly well worth the daily struggle.
Local entrepreneur who has owned and operated the catering business, The Butler Did It, Inc. will send over 800 cookies to Los Angeles this weekend for celebrities to taste at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards and the American Music Awards.
A story of perseverance, hard work and passion, Grace Stockdale always remembers her roots in Steamboat as she performs in major Broadway shows in her new home New York City.
The 2014 Festival of Trees event will kickoff this Saturday at 11 a.m. featuring 21 beautifully decorated trees, each with its own unique theme.
For the 11th Annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival to be held at the Chief Theater tonight at 7:30 p.m. will have content ranging from free skiing all over the world to surfing and even ski biking.
For the First Friday Artwalk this month, artwork by students and faculty from the Colorado Mountain College will be featured from 5 to 8 p.m.