Amy Choate-Nielsen
Amy Choate-Nielsen is a special projects reporter for the Deseret News where she covers a variety of in-depth issues, including the environment, public welfare and education. Since joining the paper in 2004, she has covered municipal politics in Utah County as well as the west side of Salt Lake County. As a Utah transplant originally from Connecticut, Amy graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo with a degree in print journalism, a minor in English and a love of the Beehive State. She lives in the suburbs with her husband and two children.

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This Independence Day, my siblings reminded me of the generations of people in my family who served in and with the military.
My quest for the perfect pickle taught me something about the gift of multi-generational families.
I have always wondered why my grandmother chose to become a nurse. Looking at the U.S. Census Bureau statistics gives me new insight.
As I navigate the balancing act of working and staying at home, I think about the paths my grandmother and mother forged before me.
On a recent run, a memorial at a cemetery caught my eye — and I've been thinking about it ever since.
I just celebrated another birthday and noticed a lot more white on my head. How did that happen?
Eight years after I got married, I still wonder if I should have changed my name.
My sense of identity is shaped not only by the places I've lived, but by where my ancestors have been.
How an artifact at the Smithsonian helped change my views on how important my home is.
As I learn more about the women in my family history, I find that there's nothing stereotypical about the quirks we have in common.