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

Give it a Tri triathlon shifts to new venue

Introducing kids and first-timers to triathlons, the third annual Give it a Tri event will take place May 31 at Catamount Ranch & Club for the first time.

Emerald City Opera 2015 line-up announced

In August, the 2015 Emerald City Opera lineup will introduce new singers and performances in addition to events that encourage the community to get involved with the local opera organization.

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Girl Scout Fundraiser to take place next Thursday

Next Thursday, seven chefs will share their unique savory dishes inspired by a wide variety of Girl Scout cookies.

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Historic schoolhouse to host dances this summer

This weekend will be the first event to kickoff the historic Moonhill Schoolhouse's newly added events that will take place throughout the summer.

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Cardboard Classic Boat Race hits Old Town Hot Springs Friday

For the past month, local fifth graders have been preparing handcrafted cardboard boats to race across the Old Town Hot Springs pool Friday morning.

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Local farm uses unique practices in growing

This week arts and entertainment reporter Audrey Dwyer tours Elkstone Farm to learn about their unique methods of producing agriculture.

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Three-day festival to feature local Steamboat band

The Old Town Pickers will be one of the headliners for the three-day roots music and lifestyle festival that will take place May 22 through May 24.

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Local musicians come together for featured performance Saturday night

Brad Rasmussen, singer songwriter from Chamberlin Birch, talks about the duo's longtime friendship and musical inspiration in light of their performance this Saturday at Schmiggity's with Pat Waters and Tim Cunningham.

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Cabaret 2015 theme features "The Rudderless Boat"

Thursday will be the opening night for this year's annual "Cabaret" performance by local cast and crew members.

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Second annual Steamboat Home and Garden Expo to take place Saturday

Featuring local home and garden vendors, the Steamboat Living Home and Garden Expo will take place this Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

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Chef Ben Hunt from Catamount Ranch & Club will be preparing Short Rib Do-Si-Do Pad Thai inspired by the Do-Si-Do cookie for the third annual "Cocktails and Cookie Creation" Girl Scout Fundraiser.

Chef Greg Smith from Fireside Catering will be preparing The Chocolate BMT with Port Wine Sauce inspired by the Thin Mint cookie at the "Cocktails and Cookie Creations"Girl Scout fundraiser next Thursday.

Chef Kate Rench from Café Diva will be preparing her Rah-Rah Risotto Gyro Sushi Rolls inspired by the Rah-Rah Raisins cookie at the "Cocktails and Cookie Creations" event next week.

Permaculture is a agriculture philosophy Elkstone Farm uses that mimics nature and creates micro environments that enable the plants to grow in a harmonious way.

A variety of flowers grows near the commercial kitchen.

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