Associate Spotlight: Darcy Maulsby

Darcy Maulsby Ag JournalistWhether she’s conducting interviews or typing at her computer, journalist Darcy Maulsby always has the best interests of our clients on her mind. Years of writing articles for cooperatives across the Midwest has given Darcy the tools to craft captivating stories on behalf of our clients. Darcy is also a skilled photographer, making her a great asset to VistaComm on multiple fronts. Our clients are guaranteed a quality, professional newsletter when Darcy is on the scene.

How long have you been with VistaComm?
Over 10 years

Where is your hometown?
Lake City, Iowa.

What is a typical day like for you working on the road for VistaComm?
I work with clients across the Midwest on everything from newsletters to annual reports. I’m on the road as early as 5:30 a.m. some days for on-site interviews with clients. When I arrive, I find out who I’ll be interviewing for articles and what pictures I might need to take. Then I start making the rounds, stopping at the client’s various locations to meet with key personnel. Sometimes I get to head out to the farm to interview one of our client’s customers, and that’s always interesting. The days can be long (sometimes 12 to 13 hours), depending on the number of interviews and how much travel is involved. Then it’s time to head home and start writing.

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
Gotta love candy corn. It makes the most awesome little snack when you pair it up with pretzels and Rolos. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place mini pretzels on the paper. Put a Rolo on top of each pretzel, and bake for 2 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. After removing the pretzels/Rolos from the oven, top each Rolo with a piece of candy corn. Cool and enjoy. I dare you to eat just one!

If you could dress up as anyone for Halloween who would you be?
Katy Perry, or Elvira.

What’s your favorite scary movie?
I don’t have a favorite, because I’m not a fan of scary movies. I’m into comedies and also still love the John Hughes movies of the ’80s, like “Sixteen Candles.”

What’s the scariest place you’ve visited?
The axe murder house in Villisca, Iowa. Eight people were killed here in 1912, and the case remains unsolved. The house is supposedly one of the most haunted places in America.

Name a time in your life when someone scared you.
On the job, actually. I was interviewing a guy about his Century Farm, and at the end of the interview, he paused, and asked if I’d like to see his hernia. Even if I wrote fiction, I swear I couldn’t come up with stuff like this. Needless to say, I refused his offer and left immediately.

What’s your favorite part of Halloween?
The food, of course! I just taught a Halloween-themed cooking class this year in Storm Lake, Iowa, and it was fun to share recipes.

What’s your proudest VistaComm moment?
I consider myself more of a writer than a photographer, so winning VistaComm’s photo contest one year was fun.