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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 Aug. 10, 2022 5:05 pm120d ago
Nicole Andrew and her kids moved back into their home just 2 weeks ago after it was destroyed in the 2020 derecho. She’s among a number of property owners whose efforts to swiftly fix homes for various reasons stalled in the 2 years after the disaster.
Local Government Aug. 10, 2022 6:00 am121d ago
About $800,000 remains for qualifying residents of single-family homes and mobile homes that sustained damage in the August 2020 derecho. As funds dwindle likely by the end of the year, officials urged anyone who may be in need to apply with urgency.
Local Government Aug. 8, 2022 1:12 pm122d ago
“I feel good knowing that so many people love me,” said Freda Long, whose historic Black-owned business needs exterior wall repairs. A GoFundMe seeks to raise money to help pay to fix the beloved community space in the Oakhill Jackson neighborhood.
K-12 Education Aug. 4, 2022 6:00 am127d ago
“It’s not logical to assume that five SROs will be able to do the work of seven,” the police chief said. City officials say changes account for the workload 5 instead of 7 SROs can handle after the school district removed them from middle schools.
K-12 Education Jul. 28, 2022 6:53 pm133d ago
Cedar Rapids school board president David Tominsky said the school board is not considering changing their decision on a contract for school resource officers after the mayor offered for the city to fund an additional two officers for middle schools.
Local Government Jul. 27, 2022 8:48 pm134d ago
Though two residents appealed plans to build 89 single-family houses east of Cargill’s contentious rail yard site in a new Kestrel Heights subdivision, the Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously allowed the developer to proceed with construction plans
Local Government Jul. 26, 2022 2:27 pm135d ago
The opening of the new $3.5 million, 3,500-square-foot Ellis Golf Course Clubhouse replaces the one that was destroyed in the 2020 derecho. It includes public event rental space.
Local Government Jul. 22, 2022 1:28 pm139d ago
The IEDA board gave final approval to awarding Cedar Rapids $9 million to boost development in Cedar Rapids’ urban core, funding new recreational amenities and infrastructure that will support the area’s growth.
Campaigns & Elections Jul. 22, 2022 8:58 am139d ago
Democratic gubernatorial challenger Deidre DeJear said lagging poll numbers are a “barometer,” but don’t capture how Iowans feel about the state’s direction under Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
NEWSTRACK | CATCHING UP ON AN EARLIER STORY: Cedar Rapids crews have ground thousands more tree stumps left in the derecho’s wake, while hundreds more trees have been planted this year as part of the 10-year ReLeaf reforestation plan.
As Cedar Rapids saw an uptick in fireworks vendors this year after a new state law eased restrictions on sales, some city officials are looking for options to alleviate the burden of handling fireworks reports on public safety personnel.
Local Government Jul. 20, 2022 5:00 am142d ago
The city is paring down its application for a share of Destination Iowa tourism funds from $27 million to $8.4 million to enhance outdoor recreation around the greenway along the Cedar River in Czech Village and NewBo
Local Government Jul. 19, 2022 5:40 pm142d ago
“Wearing a mask should be a personal decision, not a government mandate,” said U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, who represents the city in Congress. The city’s mandate encompasses only its public buildings.
News Jul. 19, 2022 10:54 am142d ago
Jim Miller’s departure comes as the Cedar Rapids arts organization waits for the IRS to reinstate its 501(c)(3) status after it was revoked last year, before Miller came on board.