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.
On May 20, Coloradans will come together nationally and locally for the first time to celebrate and pay tribute to public lands.
Providing inspiration and education for novice writers and professionals alike, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and the Steamboat Writers Group are set to host 36th annual A Day for Writers conference.
Soroco and Hayden school districts held a combined performance to showcase the work students had done with faculty from the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp faculty as part of the organization's new initiative.
We're Not Clowns are back in action this weekend with two shows Friday and Saturday.
Shirley Stocks, curator of the Steamboat Art Museum, retires from her role but leaves a lasting legacy at the museum.
Steamboat Dance Theatre offers a variety of opportunities for dancers of all ages through sponsorship programs and fundraisers.
The classic tale of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” will make its way to Steamboat Springs next week through the combination of literary and visual arts.
Piqued by curiosity, Steamboat Today wanted to get the inside scoop for this week's "Cooking With" series featuring Salt and Lime's new Burrito Bar.
Not sure what to do or where to go? We’ve got you covered with this weekend’s top picks.
Who are these new faces and characters who offer a fresh take on the satirical fun of Steamboat's "Cabaret." Steamboat Today goes behind the scenes to find out.