Erin covers everything from daily stories to human-interest features and long-term projects. You’ll find her writing about everything from dinosaur bone thieves to corrupt funeral homes, or the separation of church and school to runaway pet snakes. She also has been the Daily Sentinel’s Home & Garden columnist since 2012. Her award-winning work has been recognized by the Colorado Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado Broadcast Association and Garden Writers Association.
Erin graduated from Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa State College!), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in political science.
Erin is a Grand Valley native who never felt the need to leave this beautiful place. She comes from a long line of Coloradans and is proud to say she grew up on a farm in Fruita, home of Mike the Headless Chicken. She’s gained a lot of life experience here - working as everything from a radio news reporter to an elementary school teacher and small-business owner. But reporting is her absolute favorite job in the world.
She lives with her husband, dog and chickens and enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking.
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Grand Junction voters thwarted a measure to build a downtown event center and renovate Two Rivers Convention Center … more
Erin Johnson Schmitz’s daughter, Leofgyth, can already write her name and knows most colors and shapes. She … more
on Campbell took several road trips last year with his wife, Carol. He called them their “reminiscence … more
A man who was scheduled to stand trial for taking nude photos of girls for websites and soliciting them for … more
A presidential hunting trip to Colorado more than a century ago has been memorialized by the Museum of the West, … more
Bureau of Land Management officials are offering wild horses for adoption next month in Fruita. … more
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Jerry DeCaire’s world is one where anything can happen. … more
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Officials cited a Whitewater man for a burn that damaged his neighbor’s property last week, and said they are … more
A memorial service and celebration of life concert and fundraiser will be held this weekend for Connie Murillo, a … more