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.
First Friday Artwalk listings for March 6, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.
This weekend, Tiffany Haas, who has appeared on Broadway as Glinda in "Wicked," will be the featured singer for the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra concert, "Brahms, Bernstein and Broadway."
This Saturday, legendary wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen will be in Steamboat Springs to sign and discuss his new book, "The Last Great Wild Places."
Branding, horseback riding and the landscape are a few elements that can be seen in the Ranchlands Exhibit at the Depot Art Center. The range of artwork will be on display for the month of March starting today.
Off the Beaten Path will feature a six-week series of themed happy hours that offer a variety of entertainment including a poetry slam and open mic night.
The First Crane Sighting Contest will take place throughout the month of March as the greater sandhill cranes begin making their way to the Yampa Valley.
This Saturday will mark the Yampa Valley Autism Program's seventh year hosting an annual Mardi Gras Masquerade fundraiser.
On Sunday and Monday the community has the chance to audition for a potential role in the 2015 Steamboat Springs Arts Council "Cabaret" performance.
This Saturday at Stagecoach State Park, there will be a "Debunk the Winter Funk" event offering a number of winter activities to spark inspiration for outdoor enthusiasts.
Known as one of the first jambands in the 1990s, The Big Wu has evolved and gained national notoriety over the years. This weekend, they will be at the Old Town Pub for two nights.