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.
Now in its ninth season the local philanthropy program known as Impact 100 awards four nonprofits.
The Strings Music Festival's 28 season will incorporate new performances and events from big name acts to new principal players.
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The local sci-fi production, "9:10 - 4:45,” premieres Monday at the Chief Theater and features an unlikely cast of characters and a quirky, yet humorous, story line.
Due to the early spring, the snow has melted and the bulbs are blooming at the Yampa River Botanic Park which opened on Tuesday.
Looking up and down the dusty streets of Steamboat Springs 23 years ago, local artist Wendy Kowynia witnessed a different kind of scenery than she sees today.
Wrapping up this year's ski season, two concerts featuring nationally recognized acts will be in Steamboat to celebrate.
As the ski season comes to an end, locals and visitors will celebrate this weekend with traditional events.
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An abundance of traditions surround Easter including Easter egg hunts, sunrise services and egg decorating. Here is a roundup of local Easter weekend events.