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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Best of the Boat: Best Local Artist — Lance Whitner 

Feeling most at home outdoors, this local artist depicts her own interpretations and appreciation for the beautiful landscape of the Yampa Valley.

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Best of the Boat: Best Local Band — Loose Change

Performing in local venues and numerous parties or events all over town, this local tightly knit rockin' group shows no sign of slowing down.

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Best of the Boat: Best Happy Hour — Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill

There is something for everybody at this establishment featuring an inviting atmosphere for families and even the late night happy hour crowd.

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Finding the perfect Halloween costume

It's that time of year again when ghosts, goblins, and princesses are found all over town on October 31. For those still looking for costume ideas locals in town offered a few ideas and places to go to find just the right disguise.

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16th annual Screamboat Chamber of Horrors is back with a few new surprises

In light of Halloween, the Colorado Mountain College's Sky Club will host the 16th annual Screamboat Chamber of Horror haunted house event beginning this weekend. Taking spooky to the next level, Extreme Screamboat will take place next weekend.

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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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2nd annual Lebowski Festival to be bigger and better this year

As the 2nd annual Big Lebowski Festival there will be White Russians, Wii bowling, live music, costume prizes, and even a trivia contest. With something for everyone the event is planned to be bigger than last year.

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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.

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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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