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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
The first time I learned how to ask good questions was at age 5, when I learned Santa Claus was not real. “Whose lap have I been sitting on all these years?!” was the first question I asked, according to my mother.
I’m a features reporter for The Gazette, which means I have the opportunity to get to know folks on a more personal level, show people the best parts of life and demonstrate how daily news affects members of the community. In addition to covering restaurants and food news, I serve on The Gazette’s Fact Checker team and have a particular passion for human interest pieces as well as stories focusing on marginalized communities.
Sometimes, taking a moment to listen to others and reflect on what they say — even those who might not think they have much of a story to tell — really puts things in perspective.
When I’m not reporting, I like to travel, go bird watching, search for new items to add to my Peanuts collection and keep my cat from scaring away the cardinals on my balcony.
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Latest Articles by Elijah Decious
News May. 29, 2023 6:00 am4d ago
At age 66, Roger Starr died a homeless veteran in Cedar Rapids. But he went out the same way he camped in the city for over a year: on his own terms.
People & Places May. 28, 2023 6:00 am5d ago
Like many of the Greatest Generation, the Lehman brothers in West Liberty didn’t think anything of putting their lives on hold to serve their country during World War II. Now with the oldest brother 100 years old, two of the three surviving siblings still aren’t sure what all the fuss is about after a lifetime of serving their communities.
Restaurants May. 26, 2023 12:26 pm6d ago
The cafe has more than 20 types of smoothies with fruit and vegetable blends, offering supplements and add-ins for collagen, vitamins, protein, energizing and fat burning effects.
Restaurants May. 26, 2023 12:23 pm6d ago
Chef Daniel Velasquez is cooking up his signature fry bread and street foods with a nod to his Native American culture.
Restaurants May. 26, 2023 12:21 pm6d ago
See where you can get a $10 gift card in his restaurant tour this summer.
Restaurants May. 24, 2023 8:02 am8d ago
Coffee Emporium opened its third location in Tiffin’s New York development, where it will serve breakfast, lunch, coffee and cocktails for dine-in or drive-thru.
Things To Do May. 20, 2023 12:33 pm12d ago
With more entertainment, more vendors and record sales at some, see what you can do at this year’s farmers markets across the Corridor.
Restaurants May. 18, 2023 6:15 am14d ago
We tried out initial offerings at NewBo City Market’s Food Truck Tuesdays. See our thoughts and find out where else you can grab delicious street food in the Corridor.
Restaurants May. 17, 2023 6:15 am15d ago
Foodies, start your engines. The South District Market ‘s parking lot will soon host a new bevy of food trucks for a new annual event in June.
Restaurants May. 17, 2023 5:45 am16d ago
The menu displays quite a variety. Sandwiches focus on Philly varieties with options like jerk chicken, as well as reubens, Italian beef sandwiches and po’ boys.
Arts & Entertainment May. 13, 2023 6:00 am20d ago
Cedar Rapids and Cedar Valley both will see growing outdoor concert series this summer. See where and when you can jam out.
Restaurants May. 15, 2023 11:50 am17d ago
Despite mostly recovering from the effects of the pandemic, changes posed by a new landscape may effect Iowa restaurants permanently, according to an industry advocate.
Restaurants May. 11, 2023 9:53 am21d ago
Get the glitz and grit of the era with elevated food and cocktails with local entertainment at the opulent Market at the Tap.
Restaurants May. 9, 2023 6:15 am23d ago
This August, students will be able to pick up The Eat Shop’s signature pastries as well as some gourmet lunch options.
Community May. 8, 2023 5:45 am25d ago
The $250,000 grant to Sigma Lambda Beta will be used to dismantle machismo culture and improve gender equity by promoting reproductive choice at colleges.