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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.
Latest Articles by Elijah Decious
People & Places Jan. 21, 2022 9:56 am
Two white Cedar Rapids parents have earned love and responded to criticism in the adoption of their Black child as their TikTok following climbed. Now, they have a book deal and run social media as a full-time job.
Crime and Courts Jan. 12, 2022 6:44 pm
Thomas Dean Jesse, 37, is charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said were recorded on video between March 2020 and September 2021.
Community Jan. 12, 2022 6:00 am
After several months of serving virtually-based mental health services to Spanish speakers in Iowa, entrepreneur Carlos Arguello prepares Sevelyn to reach Latinos around the country.
Restaurants Jan. 12, 2022 6:00 am
Previously a pop-up in the upscale Midwest comfort food restaurant, SureBurger will be making a longer appearance as the restaurant works around the failure of its walk-in coolers.
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.