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
Restaurants Mar. 8, 2022 6:00 am
The new restaurant in northeast Cedar Rapids will offer a different take on Mexican food, with specialties from the owners’ native La Piedad and Guerrero regions of Mexico.
People & Places Mar. 5, 2022 6:00 am
The Breckenridges race against the clock to adopt a fourth Ukrainian son before he turns 16, when he is eligible for military service and ages out of the orphanage.
Pets & Animals Mar. 4, 2022 7:40 am
For four years, Frank the cat has been the best sales clerk at Next Page Books bookstore in Cedar Rapids’ NewBo neighborhood. “He’s become the face of the bookstore,” store owner Bart Carithers says.
Aaron Hall, baker at The Local Crumb, was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker. He is one of only two Iowa semifinalists for the prestigious award in any category.
Mama Pearls, a new soul food restaurant offering fried catfish, gumbo, gizzards and smothered pork chops, opened Feb. 18 at 4444 First Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids near Lindale Mall.
Restaurants Mar. 4, 2022 1:24 pm
For many Black restaurant owners, Black history isn’t just something celebrated during the shortest month of the year — it’s a lived experience practiced by hand every single day.
Religion & Belief Feb. 23, 2022 6:46 pm
After years of tension and the departure of members and clergy, leaders for Iowa’s largest mainline Protestant church explain their vision to include LGBTQ people.