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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Explore’s Top 5 events for Sept. 4 to 6

Not sure what to do this weekend? Explore brings you its top five picks for Saturday's and Sunday's round of events.

Widespread Panic tribute band to perform in Steamboat Springs for the first time

Coming all the way from the Midwest, the Widespread Panic tribute band, Mom's Kitchen, will be in Steamboat Springs Friday for a performance at Old Town Pub.

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Oak Creek Labor Day festivities celebrate traditions old and new

This weekend, South Routt will offer a variety of events that encompass Oak Creek's heritage. The Labor Day celebrate begins Friday and continues through Monday.

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Wild West Air Fest will soar to new heights in Steamboat Springs this weekend

After the success of the newly added airshow last year, the Wild West Air Fest will have more pilots and aircrafts creating a spectacle in the sky for all to enjoy.

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Local art teachers featured in collaborative First Friday Artwalk exhibit

On Friday, three local artists and art teachers will showcase their wide variety of artwork to educate students by taking their lesson plans outside the classroom and into the real world.

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14th annual North Routt BBQ slated for Saturday

Benefiting the North Routt Community Charter School, the annual North Routt BBQ is one of the school's biggest fundraisers and will take place this Saturday at the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse.

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Local stars in one-woman production of "Shirley Valentine" this weekend

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will present "Shirley Valentine," a witty one-woman play starring local resident Nina Rogers on Saturday and Sunday at the Depot Art Center.

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Denver roots rock group to headline Schmiggity's Friday

Sharing the stage with artists like the John Butler Trio, Trevor Hall and Big Head Todd and The Monsters, the Rob Drabkin Band will bring its unique roots rock sound to Steamboat Springs Friday at Schmiggity's.

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Indie-folk duo Dawn and Hawkes come back to Steamboat Springs this weekend

Touring the country before the release of their newest album "Yours and Mine," indie-folk duo Dawn and Hawkes will be back in Steamboat Springs at the Chief Theater Friday evening.

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Explore’s Top 5 events for Aug. 28 to 30

Not sure what to do this weekend? Explore brings you its top five picks for this weekend's round of events.

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In this photo culinary artist and Chef Olivier begins to make a sugar sculpture from scratch using his own recipe and method of applying heat to create the figures at the Creative Mixology event Friday evening with the All Arts Festival.

In this photo Nina Rogers plays Shirley Valentine in a one-woman play for the performance art portion of the Creative Mixology event that took place Friday night with the All Arts Festival.

Local cellist John Sant’Ambrogio reads an excerpt from his book to a crowd at the All Arts Festival's Creative Mixology event Friday night.

Kim Keith, executive director for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council speaks to a crowd of attendees at the All Arts Festival's first Creative Mixology event Friday night.

At the Yampa River Fine Art Stroll Dawn Normali from Estes Park paints on a sunny Saturday afternoon on Yampa Street.

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