Audrey Dwyer

Arts and entertainment reporter

Email: adwyer@steamboattoday.com Call: 970-871-4229

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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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Local musician to perform at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat

Local musician performing under the alias, Monarch Mtn, will showcase music from his recently released album "Mysteries" Friday for the Books & Brews event at Off The Beaten Path.

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Inspirational ski film to be shown in Steamboat

Giving a platform to women, the newly released film "Pretty Faces" showcases what women are capable of on skis in their own stomping grounds. The Lynsey Dyer film will be shown at the Chief Theater on Friday.

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Film series offers new perspective on local history

The Tread of Pioneers Museum's new Winter Film Series premieres Tuesday with the showing of "Ski! A Century of Skiing in Colorado" — offering footage from the archives for a new perspective of Steamboat's history.

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Local wins hot dog eating contest for 3rd year in a row

To give back to the customers who support The Hungry Dog, the annual hot dog eating competition took place this Saturday afternoon and brought a number of locals and visitors to watch and participate.

Historic Routt County celebrates work of veteran journalist

Preserving history through the written word, Tom Ross was recognized for his work by the Historic Routt County with the 2014 Historic Preservation Leadership Award.

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High school play presents life lessons in the form of dramatic comedy

Steamboat Springs High School students have found new depth within themselves and their characters for this weekend's featured play, "The Foreigner."

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John Denver tribute in Steamboat celebrates music of legend

In remembrance and celebration of John Denver, this weekend at the Chief Theater there will be two tribute concerts featuring Cowboy Brad and his nephew Eamonn Morris.

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Oak Creek will be celebrated in more ways than 1 this weekend

On Sunday, Oak Creek will host a myriad of events to celebrate the fall season and the history of the area at what is known as "Oaktoberfest."

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Beauty through an artist's eyes

With vastly different art each year, the 13th annual Bust of Steamboat event will showcase a number of pieces depicting the artists' interpretation or connections to breast cancer.

Routt County Council on Aging encouraging community input

With input gathered from the Community Conversation to be held Friday, the Routt County Council on Aging will be able to determine the next four years of programming and funding.

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For The Hungry Dog's annual hot dog eating competition participants have five minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible. For the third year in a row, Dick “Gooch” Shine won a year's worth of free hot dogs.

For The Hungry Dog's annual hot dog eating competition bystanders watch to see who will win. This year "Gooch" took first place for the third year in a row.

For The Hungry Dog's annual hot dog eating competition participants have five minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible. The participants were: Joshua Corder, Drake Anderton, Sabrina Anderton, Begee Biggs, Theresa Cartaright, Elizabeth Anderton, Zay Anderton, Nick Sabin, Dave Bayer, Graham Black, Molly Herod, Tim, and Dick “Gooch” Shine.

At last weekend's 2014 Mustache Ride, Tyler Goodman, Derek Stahlecker and Taze Henderson pose for a photo at McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft, the first stop on the route.

At the 2014 Mustache Ride last weekend, Eric Schankerman, Miranda Schrock, Natalie Nichols and Keegan Walhood pose for a picture outside of Freshies.

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