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.
On a patch of grass at the corner of E Road and 30 3/4 Road, there is a growing pile of flowers and mementos to … more
More District 51 students are graduating on time and fewer are dropping out or being expelled, which is a positive … more
Teachers and staff at Orchard Mesa Middle School are dealing with safety risks and structural problems as best they … more
Central High School was evacuated Friday morning after an external sawdust filter system overheated and caught … more
stronaut and International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly spoke to 800 students from across the Western Slope … more
A spate of vehicle thefts across Mesa County during December and January all involved cars left unattended with the … more
District 51 school board members are juggling several options for how to improve the efficiency of school bus … more
Every five years, Colorado Mesa University faculty and staff look at how the university is succeeding and where it … more
Learning is going to be a little easier for students at two District 51 middle schools, thanks to 90 laptop … more
For military veteran and ex-security contractor Kris “Tanto” Paronto, the 13 hours he spent fighting … more
A Parachute teenager who threatened to “shoot up the school” last week is in police custody, according … more
After two years, School District 51 has decided to discontinue intersessions, the extra academic support offered to … more
Colorado Mesa University students traded their textbooks for a trip to the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday for … more
Quitting smoking isn’t easy, and that’s why four Grand Junction medical organizations are working … more
Cary Atwood used to teach indoors, but she is finding a new use for her skills in the great outdoors. The retired … more
Five drivers in Grand Junction and Clifton tried to avoid driving cold cars on Saturday morning. … more
Hundreds of teachers in School District 51 feel stressed out, unsupported by district administration and are … more
When Crystal Brickey saw a bicyclist lying in the street after being hit by a car, she didn’t stop to think … more
School District 51 came under fire this week for sending out a flier about a Christian event to subscribers of its … more
With gas prices the lowest they’ve been in years, some Grand Junction residents are cautiously optimistic … more