Born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Christie is a 1972 graduate of Kirkland College in Clinton, New York, and received a master’s degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 1992. She and Tom married in 1973 having met while students at Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges. After Tom finished law school, they moved to her hometown where she taught and he practiced law. Together they raised two sons, Jess and Doug, and have two grandchildren.
For 18 years, Christie taught middle school and high school language arts and journalism. For six years she taught English and journalism at Iowa Wesleyan College. She worked as a reporter and columnist for the Mount Pleasant News for many years and more recently created a column for Offenburger.com.more » « less