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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Fourth of July events in Routt County

There is no shortage of events in Steamboat Springs when it comes to celebrating Independence Day.

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Fourth of July parades, fireworks and events around Routt County

This weekend there is no shortage of activities or events to attend in celebration of the Fourth of July from parades, picnics, music and fireworks there is something for all to enjoy.

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New Orleans Suspects headlines Free Summer Concert Series this Friday

This weekend's Free Summer Concert Series show will feature the New Orleans Suspects, comprised of legendary performers, and the Denver-based Jaden Carlson Band.

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Perry-Mansfield and First Friday Artwalk bring street performances to art galleries this Friday

Combining movement and art, dancers from Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp will partner with First Friday Artwalk this weekend for unique street performances reflecting local artwork.

Local favorite Wise 100Doors will be back in Steamboat this weekend for two weeks of shows

Bringing his unconventional, one-man show, Wise 100Doors is back in Steamboat this weekend for two weeks worth of performances all over town.

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Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Young at Art students show off latest work at Paper Fashion Show

Bringing new life to recycled materials, a group of 9- to 11-year-old girls used their creativity to construct a spring collection of designer-inspired clothing during this week's Young at Art session, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

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Steamboat Bike Town USA Initiative introduces newly released 4K mountain bike film

Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films have recently released the 4K mountain bike film, "unReal," featuring riders who explore unknown territory and push boundaries within the sport.

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Sisters create local jewelry line with Steamboat lifestyle in mind

Sabina Jewelry is sparking interest with the line's new interchangeable collection combined with unique, one-of-a-kind gems and designs.

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Tread of Pioneers Museum introduces new lineup for Brown Bag Lecture Series

The Tread of Pioneers' Brown Bag Lecture Series is back this season with a full lineup of historians and individuals bringing their stories and first-hand accounts of Routt County's history and culture.

Explore's Top 5 events for June 26 to 28

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

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Steamboat Springs Boy Scouts Troop 194 watches the Color Guard closing Monday's Memorial Day celebration.

Dan Ragan leads the Steamboat Springs Boy Scouts Troop 194 during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony.

All branches of the military were represented during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Steamboat Springs Cemetery, sponsored by veterans of VFW Post 4254 and American Legion Post 44. From left, are Robert Nelson, Loretta Kuhlman, Sandy Herbert, Buck Buckland, Bob Printy and Gaylon Kent. Rick Reinhard is facing the camera.

Community members gather for a moment of silence Monday morning at the Memorial Day celebration at Steamboat Springs Cemetery hosted by VFW Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44.

Fred Sandelin and Wayne Weber lead the procession at the beginning of Monday's Memorial Day service in Steamboat Springs.

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