116 3rd St SE
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.
Latest Articles by Elijah Decious
Food & Drink Jan. 10, 2022 7:37 pm
A longtime a fixture in the local LGBTQ community, Belle’s Basix at 3916 First Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids will close on Feb. 1 unless someone else buys it to keep it open, the owner says.
Restaurants Jan. 6, 2022 12:59 pm
Over the last decade, Sean Keller has forged a new barbecue tradition unique to Iowa with all the hickory smoke but none of the mystery that legendary flavors are often shrouded in.
Restaurants Jan. 3, 2022 10:14 am
At first, Joe Sample of Cedar Rapids started posting photos of his takeout orders to Facebook as a way to get out of the house and support local. But nearly two years, 200 restaurants and $20,000 later, he’s still at it — and wants you to join him.
Health Care and Medicine Dec. 29, 2021 6:23 pm
Johnson and Linn counties are seeing their highest weekly totals for COVID-19 cases in 13 months as positivity rates continue to trend up, according to data released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Religion & Belief Jan. 3, 2022 12:15 pm
The United Methodist Church will contribute $30 million to a fund compensating sexual abuse survivors, according to terms of a settlement reached in the Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy.
Restaurants Dec. 22, 2021 7:03 pm
The Pink Umbrella Bakery opened its first store front in Coralville. Heather Sitzmore started the business by serving her grandmother’s family recipes under a pink umbrella at farmers markets and upgrading to a food truck in 2015.