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.
At Saturday's annual Literary Sojournevent held at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, readers and authors alike had the opportunity to listen to five nationally recognized authors. Each writer talked about his or her inspiration for the stories and the characters in their published works.
Incorporating more diverse acts for the Strings off-season, this year's lineup brings a variety of acts and even a theatrical performance during the Holiday season.
The Steamboat Farmers Market was revitalized this season due in large part to a change in venue offering more space for vendors and visitors.
This weekend the inaugural DitchFest event kicks off for a day full of eclectic music, art and more, highlighting the local talent found in Oak Creek.
The film adaption of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" meshes comedy and horror into a musical that involves the participation of all audience members. This Saturday, the movie comes to Steamboat with a midnight showing at the Chief Theater.
As the air becomes more crisp and the fall foliage starts to change, it's evident that OktoberWest is finally here. The festival kicks off today with the Suds N Grub event and continues on until Saturday evening.
The new minister in town, Rev. Catie Greene, is on a mission to bring her teachings and ministry outside the walls of a church building. As the head of a local initiative outreach program, the Episcopal Service Corps, she does just that.
On Saturday afternoon a creative display of cranes decorated the lawn of the Bud Werner Memorial Library for the Crane Yard Art event held in conjunction with the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.
Leaves are changing and the air has more of a chill to it than usual; fall is almost here. This weekend there are plenty events to check out. Here are Explore's top 5 picks.
Known as a regular personality in the Denver comedy scene, Nathan Lund will perform in Steamboat Springs for the first time on Friday at the Chief Theater for a night of comedic relief full of laughter.