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.
A 36-year-old Grand Junction woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old boy on two … more
District 51 school board members approved a more than $170 million budget on Tuesday amid considerable discussion … more
School District 51 officials said they must spend close to $2 million more than the district is taking in during … more
Students who spend years memorizing vocabulary words, verb tenses and gendered nouns will soon be able to earn a … more
On a quiet street in Grand Junction, there’s a community garden without fences, with no method of keeping … more
Theresa High has spent decades talking about her orchards and vineyards in Palisade, but on Thursday she was doing … more
A 19-year-old man is in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital after falling from a moving vehicle in what … more
A 19-year-old man who was critically injured after falling from a moving vehicle Monday is in the intensive care … more
Three college students from Texas were arrested on Friday and Saturday for allegedly intending to sell about 65 … more
A teenage boy was critically injured and rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital Monday afternoon after an accident … more
In a time of a dizzying number of options for higher education, several state and national organizations created a … more
Palisade Bluegrass and Roots festival-goers came for the music and the atmosphere, because it was something fun to … more
It was a high school graduation that could have easily been mistaken for a rock concert. … more
Travelers from across western Colorado trying to skip airport security lines through the Transportation Security … more
District 51 parents and staff told school board members Tuesday that they would support a bond measure or mill levy … more
When Caprock Academy graduate Janell Coleman leaves for college in the fall, she’s leaving behind a family of … more
Colorado Mesa University is providing $290,000 in scholarships to full-time Mesa County students who want to live … more
For the dozens of grinning children who ate a free lunch in the park in a Clifton neighborhood on Wednesday, it was … more
In a packed break-out session on innovation in higher education, Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster told … more
Colorado Mesa University students craving chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and sweet tea will have to go no further … more