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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Growing up, I loved to read stories featuring the fictional teen mystery-solver Nancy Drew. She taught me girls could be sleuths, too, so it makes sense that I decided to become a journalist. Being a reporter allows me to chase down interesting leads, ask questions, and learn something new every day. I cover the city of Cedar Rapids for The Gazette. My beat encompasses many facets of life in Iowa’s second-largest (but best) city – housing, economic development, public safety, infrastructure, and sometimes casinos as the city keeps dreaming of getting one. I love the people here and care deeply about sharing the facts residents need to stay informed about their community.
In my spare time, I coach young journalists to report on government and politics at The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa’s independent student-run newspaper. That’s where I got my start in journalism and navigated being the first in my family to graduate from college. I’m also a board member for CR Pride, helping to increase visibility of the local LGBTQ community. When I’m off the clock, I can typically be found cuddling with my cat Scout, re-watching The West Wing, or grabbing a cup of coffee or hazy IPA from somewhere local. Stay informed with our Daily News newsletter.
Latest Articles by Marissa Payne
Local Government Sep. 2, 2022 1:57 pm29d ago
Dwight Hughes Jr. dreamed of a city park where Hughes Nursery originally stood for all Cedar Rapids to enjoy. Now, the new park will serve as a conservation area that honors Hughes family history.
Local Government Aug. 29, 2022 3:58 pm33d ago
The city of Cedar Rapids has launched a survey to find homeowners still making derecho-related repairs. Responses will help local officials use $2.5 million being awarded to Linn County specifically for derecho repairs.
Aug. 26, 2022 4:25 pm36d ago
A buyer has stepped forward to redevelop the 51-acre Transamerica property off Edgewood Road and 42nd Street NE, but specific plans for the site remain to be seen.
Local Government Aug. 25, 2022 2:10 pm37d ago
The city council allocated the funds toward 20 affordable housing and social service projects jointly with Linn County to maximize the dollars distributed through the Democrat-backed American Rescue Plan.
Local Government Aug. 25, 2022 9:26 pm37d ago
A $25,000 grant from CN Railway and America in Bloom will support the city’s “ambitious” partnership with Trees Forever to replant trees downed in the 2020 derecho.
Local Government Aug. 24, 2022 6:00 am39d ago
The City Council has extended the Cedar Rapids Charter Review Commission members’ terms through September. A presentation was initially anticipated to take place Tuesday but is now planned for a council meeting next month.
Local Government Aug. 23, 2022 9:11 pm39d ago
With the school year already underway, the council’s vote ends a monthslong debate between city and school district officials over the presence of school resource officers mainly in middle schools.
Local Government Aug. 22, 2022 6:00 am43d ago
The group building a case for better elections in Iowa is expanding outreach to pave the way for lawmakers to authorize ranked choice voting. Here’s what Better Ballot Iowa’s director had to say about next steps.
Local Government Aug. 22, 2022 11:22 am40d ago
The fate of a site that could present an opportunity to attract people downtown and shape the face of the urban core remains in limbo until a buyer steps forward. The prime piece of vacant land in the heart of Cedar Rapids is listed for sale for $2.5 million.
Local Government Aug. 21, 2022 8:00 am42d ago
In a walking tour of Cedar Rapids flood infrastructure with Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, city officials said they plan to seek $50 million through the DOT’s Bridge Investment Program to fund the reconstruction of the Eighth Avenue bridge.
Local Government Aug. 16, 2022 6:00 am47d ago
The historic Guaranty Bank building and Old World Theater property is listed for sale as efforts to pursue a $50 million transformation of the site into two hotels and restaurants in downtown Cedar Rapids have faltered, the potential developer said.
Local Government Aug. 12, 2022 8:37 pm50d ago
The city of Cedar Rapids late Thursday night dropped the requirement that staff and visitors wear masks inside city buildings and vehicles to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Local Government Aug. 11, 2022 8:31 pm51d ago
The Cedar Rapids Charter Review Commission voted Thursday to recommend changes that would broaden ethics language for the city’s top officials and also keep the door open for ranked choice voting in the future.
Community Aug. 11, 2022 3:13 pm51d ago
After the iconic Cedar Rapids arts organization lost its tax-exempt status for failing to file three years of tax returns, the IRS’ decision to reinstate its status opens access to more funding as the group grapples with its long-term sustainability.