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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Yampa River Fine Art Stroll among five juried art shows this summer

The national festival promoter, Howard Alan Events, will return to Colorado this summer with five juried art shows, including the Yampa River Fine Art Stroll in August.

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Home & Garden Expo will offer expert tips and advice Saturday

This weekend, the third annual Home & Garden Expo will kickoff the spring planting season with advice from local garden experts and showcase local vendors.

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Events celebrate Hayden's heritage

Tickets are now on sale for the Hayden Heritage Center's summer events that aim to raise funds for the museum's expansion project.

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Steamboat Springs competing for spot in Outside Magazine’s Best Towns 2016 contest

Outside Magazine has nominated Steamboat Springs in its Best Towns of 2016 contest, and it's up to readers to decide the winner.

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Artist Profile: Jan Maret Willman

Local artist Jan Maret Willman won’t abide to rules or limitations: “Don’t tell me that I can’t do something,” she says. “Because I’ll figure out a way to do it.” It’s a rebellious streak that makes this artist stand apart from the rest... 

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Colorado Creative District application changes speed up process for Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council must do about two years of work in 30 days and needs the support of the community to complete the application process for becoming a Colorado Creative District.

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10 things to get excited about this spring in Steamboat

Though mud season is a slow time for most, there's still plenty to look forward to in the spring. The following is Explore Steamboat's top picks for what's coming up the next few months.

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Calling all artists

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is calling all artists to apply to be one of the featured art vendors for the 42nd annual Art in the Park event this July. Applications are due Sunday.

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Steamboat groups celebrate Earth Day

Friday is Earth Day, and to celebrate, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and a number of local organizations and business have planned events with the theme, "Every Day is Earth Day."

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Community invited to celebrate Passover Seder on Friday

Commemorating when the Jewish people had their exodus from Egypt, the eight-day symbolic festival of Passover will be celebrated in Steamboat Springs on Friday with a community Passover Seder.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, seen here, is among the national parks that will offer free admission April 16 through 24 in commemoration of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary. Other Colorado parks include Dinosaur and Colorado national monuments, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Florissant Fossil Beds.

In celebration of the National Park Service 100th birthday, free admission to all national parks will be offered April 16 through 24. Pictured is an early sunrise view near Long's Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the parks that will offer free admission beginning Saturday.

Four year olds at the Steamboat Springs School District receive the featured One Book 4 Colorado book.

Four year olds at the Steamboat Springs School District receive the featured One Book 4 Colorado book.

In this photo: Adam Barragan and Carlos Hernandez

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