Small Town USA

I really enjoy living in Denver. A lot. It’s a nifty city and I love my section of town: Capitol Hill.

But… when it comes to work, I’d much rather be reporting from a small town somewhere in the mountains, the eastern plains, northern/southern Colorado, or the Western slope.

I grew up in a small town and I absolutely love small town stories. In fact, my favorite stories at 9NEWS come from small towns.

I always tell people, “My favorite days at work are when I’m 2+ hours away from the newsroom”. Don’t get me wrong, the newsroom is comfy and all – but I love working out of a small town diner.

I was in Creede, CO (San Luis Valley area) this past week and had lunch at a tiny little mom and pop diner. I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and a side salad. You know what? It was the best grilled cheese sandwich and side salad I’ve had in a long time. Small town diners add a special ingredient to their food: love.

One of the things I love about 9NEWS is that it truly cares about covering small town news. When we say we’re ‘Everywhere’ we really mean it. I have a map on my desk of all the places I’ve reported from in Colorado – and it’s almost completely full.

Rarely do my producers and managers shoot down a story in a small town. If they don’t give me permission to do the story that day, they tell me I can go another day.

Today, I shot a really neat story in the Southern Colorado town of La Veta. It will air Sunday night on 9NEWS at 10pm during the Storytellers segment.

I added some pictures of the small town I grew up in to this blog post. Did you grow up in a small town? Tell me about it below: