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 weekend, artist John Fawcett will share with the community a compilation of his work from over 20 years depicting scenes in the west, many of which were influenced by the Yampa Valley.
This weekend internationally renowned soloist, chamber musician, choral conductor, composer and artist-teacher Judith Lynn Stillman will perform with John Sant’Ambrogio for the Chief Theater's Friends and Family Series.
Benefiting the Steamboat Springs Middle School, the annual Spring Into Summer Carnival will take place this weekend featuring a number of rides and games for all ages.
Monday morning's Memorial Day ceremony included a number of community members who came together to honor those who served their country in time of war.
Introducing kids and first-timers to triathlons, the third annual Give it a Tri event will take place May 31 at Catamount Ranch & Club for the first time.
In August, the 2015 Emerald City Opera lineup will introduce new singers and performances in addition to events that encourage the community to get involved with the local opera organization.
Next Thursday, seven chefs will share their unique savory dishes inspired by a wide variety of Girl Scout cookies.
This weekend will be the first event to kickoff the historic Moonhill Schoolhouse's newly added events that will take place throughout the summer.
For the past month, local fifth graders have been preparing handcrafted cardboard boats to race across the Old Town Hot Springs pool Friday morning.
This week arts and entertainment reporter Audrey Dwyer tours Elkstone Farm to learn about their unique methods of producing agriculture.