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.
Taking on Mount Massive to kick off the 14er season.
For Reall Colbenson, who’s lived in Steamboat Springs for 11 years, it’s the people that make the Yampa Valley so special. “What resonates with my heart so much here is the people,” says Colbenson. “I’m continuously blown away how every day I meet new people and make new connections here. There are some outstanding people who live here.”
Erin Walker, has a work ethic inspired by her lifelong passion: music. “I think music just drives you,” Walker says. Combining her love for the arts and career, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native is known for her three-year role as the development director for Strings on the Mountain.
Although Steamboat Springs will not be one of the Certified Colorado Creative Districts, the steering committee and Steamboat Springs Arts Council will continue to make strides toward the designation in the future.
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This summer's Mainstreet Steamboat Farmers Market will feature a number of new vendors.
Explore Steamboat spoke with the 28th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup organizers to find out what kinds of cars will be on display this weekend.
Wondering how to celebrate Father's Day this weekend? Explore has a few tips for what to do and where to go.
The California-based eight piece, Orgone will headline the Old Town Pub Friday featuring a variety of tunes off of the seven albums and most recent release, “Beyond the Sun."
Steamboat's public art collection started in 1991 and has been