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.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is leading a massive effort to lower the rate of drug overdose deaths in … more
Although second-grade teacher Jodi Simpson is overjoyed to be one of six finalists for the Colorado Teacher of the … more
Mount Garfield Middle School Principal Hal Templeton was placed on administrative leave this week after being cited … more
Students in School District 51 are not growing as fast on state assessments as their academic peers across the … more
When a student started struggling to breathe in the middle of a Central High School classroom on Aug. 17, … more
Colorado Mesa University is seeking to expand an electric lineworker program that officials say benefits the local … more
Mesa County Magistrate Judge Stephanie Rubinstein was recognized this month for her dedication to children and … more
A 52-year-old man attempted to goad Grand Junction police officers into shooting him by drawing a pocket knife … more
Colorado Board of Education members on Wednesday opened the door to replacing the state’s standardized … more
The two offices on the fourth floor of Lowell Heiny Hall at Colorado Mesa University still smell new. New carpet, … more
Diet soda will not make a comeback in District 51 high schools any time soon, according to district officials, … more
A Grand Junction man was indicted on federal charges of production and transportation of child pornography on … more
Montrose Memorial Hospital administrators discriminated against and fired nurses because of their ages, according … more
If it seemed like Joyce Rankin, incumbent Republican candidate for the Colorado State Board of Education, dominated … more
Sweet smoke filled the air at Lincoln Park this weekend as folks celebrated the end of summer in true American … more
A 21-year-old Grand Junction woman died Thursday after a dune buggy she was riding in overturned and rolled down a … more
Mixed messages and low participation prompted the cancellation of an event benefiting local charity Delaney … more
School District 51 will apply for a $250,000 grant from the Federal Mineral Lease District on behalf of the John … more
A Grand Junction man was sentenced to three months in prison Tuesday for his part in a Mack outfitter’s … more
Engineering reigned supreme at Colorado Mesa University on Tuesday as university officials, education advocates and … more