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.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum's new Winter Film Series premieres Tuesday with the showing of "Ski! A Century of Skiing in Colorado" — offering footage from the archives for a new perspective of Steamboat's history.
To give back to the customers who support The Hungry Dog, the annual hot dog eating competition took place this Saturday afternoon and brought a number of locals and visitors to watch and participate.
Preserving history through the written word, Tom Ross was recognized for his work by the Historic Routt County with the 2014 Historic Preservation Leadership Award.
Steamboat Springs High School students have found new depth within themselves and their characters for this weekend's featured play, "The Foreigner."
In remembrance and celebration of John Denver, this weekend at the Chief Theater there will be two tribute concerts featuring Cowboy Brad and his nephew Eamonn Morris.
On Sunday, Oak Creek will host a myriad of events to celebrate the fall season and the history of the area at what is known as "Oaktoberfest."
With vastly different art each year, the 13th annual Bust of Steamboat event will showcase a number of pieces depicting the artists' interpretation or connections to breast cancer.
With input gathered from the Community Conversation to be held Friday, the Routt County Council on Aging will be able to determine the next four years of programming and funding.
Every fall, members of Steamboat Clay Artisans make 300 new handmade soup bowls for their Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. This year, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Community Agriculture Alliance were chosen as recipients of the funds.
Envisioning an event for all to enjoy, Monica Case started the Hayden Harvest Festival five years ago, and this Saturday, she expects the annual event to be even bigger and better than before.