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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
News Jul. 19, 2022 12:44 pm142d ago
Seeing a lack of youth programming for Latinos in Cedar Rapids, LULAC started Cedar Rapids’ first Ballet Folklórico group. “Fuerzas Culturales” is practicing three times a week before the troupe’s Sept. 18 performance at Festival Latino.
Local Government Jul. 15, 2022 2:28 pm146d ago
The city of Cedar Rapids is again requiring staff and visitors to wear masks or face coverings inside city buildings to curb the spread of COVID-19 as Iowa sees another uptick in cases.
Community Jul. 15, 2022 6:00 am147d ago
Gutschmidt Properties is working over the next two years to transform a blighted block into “Rainbow Road,” a string of 10 houses on M Street SW that will be painted in the colors of the rainbow to represent LGBTQ inclusion.
Community Jul. 14, 2022 11:03 am147d ago
Two Maryland artists have worked on two murals in Cedar Rapids’ Time Check neighborhood, beautifying one of the areas in town that was hit hardest by the 2008 flood.
Local Government Jul. 12, 2022 6:00 am150d ago
The city of Cedar Rapids plans to purchase a building for $2.5 million from United Fire Group to free up room at the police station and create more space for staff.
Local Government Jul. 10, 2022 6:00 am152d ago
Benefiting from an influx of federal cash as well as state and local funding streams, Cedar Rapids is accelerating construction of its $750 million permanent flood control system with around $50 million in projects on both sides of the Cedar River this year.
Local Government Jul. 10, 2022 1:49 pm151d ago
Plans calling for the construction of 89 new single-family houses east of the Rompot neighborhood and the site of Cargill’s contentious rail yard project got the green light from the City Planning Commission this week.
Education Jul. 7, 2022 3:46 pm154d ago
As a vote approaches on the school district’s school resource officer agreement with the Cedar Rapids police, the school board agreed to prioritize convening community stakeholders to identify solutions addressing the root causes to behavioral issues in schools.
Local Government Jul. 2, 2022 6:00 am160d ago
As some school board members question whether police in schools promote a safer learning environment, city officials are unanimous in their backing of school resource officers. The school board has a work session Wednesday to guide its impending vote on school resource officers.
Local Government Jul. 1, 2022 6:00 am161d ago
As plans for a “destination” skatepark around Time Check remain years away from coming to fruition, some local skate community members said they are pleased with plans for the relocated Riverside skatepark
An influx of federal funding to aid in recovery both from the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 derecho will largely support housing development or rehabilitation projects in Linn County.
Local Government Jun. 28, 2022 3:10 pm163d ago
The city of Cedar Rapids is holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Services Center for input on the relocation of the skatepark at Riverside Park, which will make way for a detention basin.
Local Government Jun. 28, 2022 11:00 am163d ago
After a legal dispute between the land owners and the initially proposed developer, a local developer is looking to transform the long-vacant Loftus Lumber site into a mixed-use facility featuring market-rate rental units and retail space.
Local Government Jun. 27, 2022 4:36 pm164d ago
The city of Cedar Rapids has published its annual water quality report for 2021, which provides a comprehensive look at the past year’s drinking water quality. The city’s finished water had no violations.