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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
Community Nov. 17, 2022 10:59 am128d ago
A Thanksgiving prank in 2017 is still going strong six years later after gaining non-profit status and making big expansions.
Restaurants Nov. 15, 2022 5:30 am131d ago
After about $15,000 worth of supplies and equipment were stolen, the community has rallied around the owners of Griddle Me This.
Health Care and Medicine Nov. 14, 2022 6:00 am134d ago
Iowa has fared remarkably well compared with all but one neighboring state, even when adjusting for population.
People & Places Nov. 11, 2022 1:35 pm134d ago
Student dancers have incorporated personal stories from those living with mental illness in Unfinished, a ballet performance.
Restaurants Nov. 10, 2022 5:30 am136d ago
See inside Sacred Cow Tavern, where church pews are bringing new salvation to a space that’s been mostly vacant since the 1980s.
Restaurants Nov. 8, 2022 5:15 am138d ago
Mai Pho House will open as the third Vietnamese restaurant in Cedar Rapids and the only one in the northeast corner of the city.
People & Places Nov. 4, 2022 3:44 am141d ago
Since 2016, Matt Grimm’s plastic counterpart has been much more than a blockhead.
Restaurants Nov. 2, 2022 5:30 am144d ago
See how a professional tiler became the owner of Cedar Rapids’ newest barbecue joint.
Restaurants Nov. 1, 2022 5:45 am145d ago
Coyle’s Hibachi Chef plans to open its first dining room this November on a major Cedar Rapids thoroughfare.
Restaurants Nov. 1, 2022 5:15 am145d ago
After assuming new ownership with Jeff Beer and Kevin Flanagan, Vito’s on 42nd, at 4100 River Ridge Dr. NE, has taken on a new name for the second time this year.
People & Places Oct. 30, 2022 8:03 am146d ago
On the darkest day of the lunar month, some say the triumph of light over darkness has more in common with other holidays than you might think.
Restaurants Oct. 27, 2022 6:11 pm149d ago
Nov. 5 will be last day for Des Moines-based Asian fusion restaurant.
Books Oct. 25, 2022 11:21 pm150d ago
Mark Brown, a former homeless veterans outreach specialist and street musician, details the life he took for granted.
Restaurants Oct. 25, 2022 11:21 pm150d ago
With multiple spaces across three floors, exclusive brews and a substantial menu from a new New Orleans chef, ReUnion Brewery’s new Iowa City location is a big contender as a restaurant, night club and brewery.
News Oct. 30, 2022 12:53 pm146d ago
The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight has rescheduled its 45th flight for Nov. 2 after an abrupt cancellation Oct. 18.