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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Steamboat locals talk about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions

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International Celtic fiddle player back in Steamboat Springs on Sunday

Former Steamboat local and member of the popular American-Irish Supergroup Gaelic Storm, Jessie Burns will bring her musical talents of playing the fiddle with new and old tunes to the Chief Theater this Sunday.

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Yampa Valley Choral Society singers will take the stage at Carnegie Hall

Local singers from the Yampa Valley Choral Society will be among national and international choirs later this month for the Distinguished Concerts International New York's “Messiah…Refreshed” fifth anniversary concert.

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New dating website focuses on Colorado and the outdoor lifestyle

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Five featured bazaars and craft fairs offer variety of handmade gifts

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Steamboat Springs Arts Council awards $5,000 to local artists through Re-Grant program

Through the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Re-Grant program, five local artists were awarded $5,000 to support projects that the granting agency believes have the greatest community impact and elevate the arts and culture of Steamboat Springs.

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Festival of Trees event to kickoff the holidays

It's that time of year again; the Tread of Pioneers Museum's annual Festival of Trees fundraiser event gets underway today.

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Artists find inspiration in the Yampa Valley for their unique art work

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10 Things Explore Steamboat is thankful for in November

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Legally Blonde the Musical comes to the Steamboat Springs High School this weekend

The Steamboat Springs High School theater cast and crew will present "Legally Blonde, the Musical" this weekend for the first time.

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In this photo: Meg Rose and Nicole Curd.

Kim Keith, executive director for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council speaks to a crowd of attendees at the All Arts Festival's first Creative Mixology in August. Keith told Steamboat Today earlier this month that the not-for-profit that supports both performing and visual arts is in the midst of CCI’s two-year process leading to being designated a creative district.

Zachary Chelberg helps collect coats during the Coat Drive for LiftUp of Routt County at Natural Grocers Friday morning. The Coat Drive is hosted by the Steamboat Young Professionals Network and Colorado Group Realty. Other volunteers Friday included Todd Asbury, Geoff Petis and Matt Eidt. Coat collections will continue at Natural Grocers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

In this photo: Mike Kinnecom

In this photo: Karen Dingle and Susie Leeson chat with attendees at the Bust of Steamboat about the silent auction baskets.

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