My name is Cindy Petersen and I am the editor of Hiawatha-News.com.
A little about myself:
I graduated from Mount Mercy University in December 2011 with a degree in Journalism. After graduation, I started a weekly newspaper, the Hiawatha Advocate. The experience taught me a lot about the newspaper business, but it also made me realize how much I cared about the Hiawatha community.
I started reporting and writing for the Marion Times in 2013. A year later, the editor of the Marion Times asked me to help him set up a new publication, the Hiawatha Today. I continued to write for that newspaper until the Times stopped publication in Dec. 2018.
Although the city of Hiawtha provides a monthly newsletter that keeps residents informed about what is going on at city hall and in the city departments, I believe Hiawatha needs a publication that shares a "lighter" side of Hiawatha, a publication that introduces the community to the people who live and work in Hiawatha. And so, Hiawatha News was born.
Having grown up in Cedar Rapids, I have watched Hiawatha grow from just a few city blocks to the city it is today, and I am grateful that I have a front-row seat, as it transforms even more!
An electronic newsletter is now available that is delivered right to your inbox and highlights the happenings in Hiawatha. You can subcribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
Aside from reporting the lighter side of the news, I am currently working with the Hiawatha History Commission to publish a book for Hiawatha's 70th Anniversay. I am also the vice-president of the Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library. We assist the library by raising funds to keep the adult and childrens programming free.
*Hiawatha-news.com is independently owned by Cynthia Petersen