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.
School District 51 officials could not fire middle school principal Hal Templeton without paying him for 100 days … more
Fruita Monument High School’s Future Farmers of America team is in Indiana this week with 47,000 other high … more
Few details were available Monday about a death being investigated as a homicide that took place late Sunday night … more
A 42-year-old Grand Junction man repeatedly told a sheriff’s deputy to shoot him during a confrontation in … more
Some students in District 51 are building jungles, skyscrapers and roads in their classrooms after school. … more
Western Colorado Community College will receive nearly $300,000 to fund its new electric lineworker building, … more
School District 51 created a new job for a middle school principal allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash last … more
School District 51 officials are moving forward with remaking the 20,000-student school district into a model of … more
Dinosaurs the size of a house and clams as big as a dinner table might be a thing of the past in western Colorado, … more
In the midst of expanding properties and new programs, a quiet office at Colorado Mesa University is also growing … more
A small group of School District 51 parents and community members want more accountability and advocacy to stop … more
One of the corporate whistleblowers responsible for uncovering the $3.8 billion WorldCom fraud in 2002 spoke to … more
School District 51 will receive $300,000 to support its transition to performance-based learning from the Gates … more
Colorado Mesa University will purchase three acres of land along Mesa Avenue owned by the Seventh-day Adventist … more
One of Grand Junction’s most beloved community radio stations will soon be broadcasting loud and clear among … more
Heather Baskin started working with gifted and talented students in School District 51 mostly by chance. … more
School District 51 announced Wednesday that Mount Garfield Middle School Principal Hal Templeton will be reassigned … more
School District 51 will be part of an $11 million pilot program that aims to put more Colorado high school students … more
When Delta High School junior Emily Martinez asked her date to escort her during homecoming week, she had no doubt … more
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is leading a massive effort to lower the rate of drug overdose deaths in … more