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.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Wednesday afternoon announced the lineup for the 16th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series. Continuing through the spring, the lineup this year includes audience favorites and new acts.
Steamboat was selected by a Ford production company for its unique small town ambiance. On Thursday morning, Lincoln Avenue will be shut down for the Ford's Ranch Exit Media crew to shoot footage for various commercials.
To get the community in the holiday spirit, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs in cooperation with the City of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host the Community Holiday Party this Sunday.
Always pursuing their passion, Desert Noises, a rising indie rock band from Utah will be back in Steamboat this Friday for a memorable live show before they open for Shakey Graves in Denver on Saturday.
This week, a new kind of happy hour will be introduced to Steamboat Springs. Deemed, the Steamboat Creatives Happy Hour, the event is meant to get people together in one place to talk and offer ideas.
At the Copper Ridge Studio this weekend, five local artists will bring together their accumulation of artwork over a number of years to share with the community.
With the encouragement and funding from the Steamboat Springs community, the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra's Christmas Spectacular event is back this year at the Strings Music Pavilion.
The seventh annual Merry Mainstreet event, a night celebrating holiday cheer, may be not be the same next year because of city concerns about closing down Mainstreet.
This Friday the Steamboat Art Museum will present its winter exhibit featuring Mark Thompson, an artist specializing in egg tempera and etching along with Wes and Rachelle Siegrist's miniature paintings.
First Friday Artwalk listings for Dec. 5, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m.