Katie writes about education issues and stories coming from Mesa County Valley School District 51, Colorado Mesa University and surrounding area schools.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.
Katie is a Colorado native and joined the Daily Sentinel in 2015 after working as an education reporter at the Montrose Daily Press.
She loves live music, being outside as much as possible, coffee, cooking, baking and travel. Her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Cooper, is responsible for at least 50 percent of her sanity on a daily basis.
Nearly 200 community members attended the District 51 Foundation’s performance-based learning forum at the … more
The School District 51 Board of Education on Thursday met in an initial step to begin the search for a new … more
A community suicide forum Tuesday night was filled to overflowing with nearly 150 community members, local leaders … more
School District 51 administrators played catch-up on Monday with the rapidly worsening weather, a scenario that … more
It’s never too late to learn something new. … more
When the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum started, it was a small gathering of local farmers and producers … more
A De Beque man missing for nearly 24 hours was found safe and relatively unharmed by a hunting party on Sunday … more
A group of Palisade High School students are raising funds for the town’s proposed new skate park and trying … more
Update 5:22 p.m.: Don Cramer was found alive and relatively unharmed by a hunting party this afternoon, according … more
Some wore badges with their names and job titles, a simple sign of how they were able to help. Others wore shirts … more
All schools in District 51 will start two hours later than normal on Friday due to the snowstorm, according to … more
In the midst of the second year of transition to a different education system in School District 51, the District … more
School District 51 Superintendent Steve Schultz announced his retirement from the 21,000-student district at … more
A community grieved the loss of a spunky, inspirational, joyful 13-year-old girl in 2016. … more
Even before he designed lightweight, biodegradable water pouches, local inventor and entrepreneur Tim Huff had his … more
Colorado Mesa University will offer technical education programs to Montrose County School District students … more
School District 51 Board of Education members are weighing a laundry list of capital and operating needs necessary … more
A local education advocate and former Montrose mayor was appointed to the Colorado Mesa University Board of … more
The retrial of Lester Ralph Jones for the 2007 murder of Grand Junction call girl Paige Birgfeld is nearing a … more
A 32-year-old man is facing felony charges after he allegedly threw large rocks at a man and woman in the … more