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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Under the Streetlamp to return to Steamboat on Tuesday

Group pays tribute to musical classics from the American Radio Songbook

On Tuesday, vocal quartet Under the Streetlamp will be back in Steamboat Springs for a holiday concert at the Strings Music Pavilion.

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Steamboat Springs local's passion leads to new clothing business

Steamboat Springs local Melissa Dow recently started One Leaf, a company that specializes in handmade women's clothing for layering, with the idea that women sometimes want a little extra coverage.

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Steamboat Springs bars make top 10 list for best après ski

According to information recently pulled from the Foursquare mobile search and discovery app, two Steamboat bars made a national top 10 list for best après-ski destinations.

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'The Nutcracker' returns to the stage in Steamboat this weekend

For the third year in a row, dancers from Elevation Dance Studio will perform their own rendition of "The Nutcracker" at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium.

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Top 10 activities to do in December

Locals around town know the best places to go or sights to see. Explore asked them their thoughts on the Top 10 activities to do in Steamboat during the month of December.

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Grammy Award-winning cellist will play at the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs

Taking pieces of songs that have withstood the test of time, Grammy Award-winning cellist, Sara Sant'Ambrogio arranges music for the Friends & Family Series: The Music Thief, to take place at the Chief Theater on Friday and Saturday this weekend.

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Steamboat's free concert series lineup announced

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Wednesday afternoon announced the lineup for the 16th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series. Continuing through the spring, the lineup this year includes audience favorites and new acts.

Ford production company to film along Lincoln Avenue on Thursday

Steamboat was selected by a Ford production company for its unique small town ambiance. On Thursday morning, Lincoln Avenue will be shut down for the Ford's Ranch Exit Media crew to shoot footage for various commercials.

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36th Community Holiday Party will take place this weekend

To get the community in the holiday spirit, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs in cooperation with the City of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host the Community Holiday Party this Sunday.

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Rising indie rock band to headline show in Steamboat this weekend

Always pursuing their passion, Desert Noises, a rising indie rock band from Utah will be back in Steamboat this Friday for a memorable live show before they open for Shakey Graves in Denver on Saturday.

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Laura Harris, manager of Remember Me, shows the book where she found the recipe for her tasty chocolate truffles. She handmade the truffles for the Chocolate Tasting event happening Saturday. The event is meant to support Small Business Saturday.

Jenny Wall stands outside her shop, Moose Mountain Trading Co., by the window full of snowflakes, similar to the chocolate they will have available for the Chocolate Tasting event Saturday. The event is meant to support Small Business Saturday.

To support Small Business Saturday in Steamboat Springs, locals and visitors can take part in the Chocolate Tasting event throughout downtown. Participating businesses will have one of these posters in the window.

Volunteers offer donated food to community members for Routt County United Way's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Volunteers offer donated food to community members for Routt County United Way's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

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