Audrey Dwyer

Arts and entertainment reporter

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Driving out to Steamboat is always a different experience for me. Sometimes it’s a vacation, a visit to see friends, a ski trip, or a retreat to get away from Iowa for a few weeks. But when I drove out here in May 2014, it was for a new beginning.

Originally, I am from Muscatine, Iowa, a small rural town with a population of 22,000. I went to Muscatine High School but graduated from a high school in Varberg, Sweden, after a year as an exchange student through Muscatine’s Rotary chapter. After that, I started my freshman year of college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. My sophomore year (2012) I decided to transfer back to the University of Iowa and became heavily involved with the local newspaper, the Daily Iowan. I started out as a metro reporter then became an arts and entertainment reporter. Something just clicked. I loved every minute of it and got a job as a reporter for Hoopla, the arts and entertainment section of the Cedar Rapids Gazette newspaper in May 2013. I was also a freelance reporter for the Muscatine Magazine. In December 2013, I got a job as the marketing and special events intern for the Iowa City Downtown District, a nonprofit organization that implements marketing campaigns, events and projects to benefit local businesses in Iowa City. I graduated in May 2014 from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication studies.

When people ask me why I decided to pursue journalism, I always tell them a somewhat cliche answer, but it’s the truth. People I meet throughout my career continue to fascinate me. I love to learn about their stories, their passions and motivations. My curiosity leads me to venture out of my comfort zone and connect with someone about his or her life.

I’ve been traveling to Steamboat Springs in the summer and winter with my family since I was 15. I’ve loved everything about Steamboat. Not only does it offer the fresh, crisp air — something that is almost unheard of during Iowa’s humid summers — there is always something to do.

When I’m not working, I love to get out and go for a hike. If I had to choose my favorite place to go, it would have to be Devil’s Causeway. I also enjoy running, biking, skiing, yoga and reading anything from mystery novels to cookbooks.

Recent Stories

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"Debunk the Winter Funk" at Stagecoach State Park Saturday

This Saturday at Stagecoach State Park, there will be a "Debunk the Winter Funk" event offering a number of winter activities to spark inspiration for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Minnesota-based band The Big Wu is back in town for two full shows this weekend

Known as one of the first jambands in the 1990s, The Big Wu has evolved and gained national notoriety over the years. This weekend, they will be at the Old Town Pub for two nights.

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Two film festivals in Steamboat Springs this weekend inspire inspiration for adventure

The Backcountry Film Festival and Radical Reels Tour will roll into town this weekend with a new set of films that offer something for everyone who shares a passion for the outdoors.

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Steamboat Dance Theatre entertains audiences this weekend

After months of rehearsing, opening night for the 43rd annual Steamboat Dance Theatre will take place Thursday.

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Six men embark on nine-month canoe expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean

Paddling for hours every day for nine months, six men continue on their canoe expedition upstream from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean, a feat that is said to never have been done before.

Steamboat Springs is home to a variety of culinary expertise

Whether cooking for a special event or a weekly dinner, Steamboat Springs chefs offer a number of culinary services.

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Annual Yampapalooza spotlights community talent

Bringing community members together of all ages, the second annual Yampapalooza event will take place Feb. 28 with four local bands and two acoustic musicians.

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New local beer on the shelves in Steamboat Springs

Storm Peak Brewing Company recently released a new canned craft beer, The Flare. It's one of their most popular beers and was one of the first brews to be on tap when the brewery opened in August 2014.

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Singer-songwriter Hannah Aldridge in Steamboat Springs for the first time

As a young singer, Hannah Aldridge's music is marked by powerfully moving lyrics that give listeners a glimpse into her life. She will be in Steamboat Springs for the Chief Theater's Singer Songwriter Series today at 7 p.m.

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Acclaimed Congolese artists in Steamboat Springs this week

The community will have the opportunity to take part in a unique workshop Tuesday in addition to watching a show full of infectious dance rhythms and longstanding traditions.

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Caroline Gilchrist with her carnival artwork selected for the 2015 buttons.

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