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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The BARley offers a taste of Colorado

Focusing on the richness of the craft beer movement that is expanding throughout the state, The BARley: Colorado Craft & Draft is dedicated to bringing the taste of Colorado to Steamboat and also offers a new kind of bar experience.

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One piece at a time: Locals volunteer to be part of a massive art collaboration that will inspire, stand test of time

In the basement of Holy Name Catholic Church sits a makeshift studio, hidden by the grandeur of the newly renovated Steamboat Springs church. The space has become a gathering place for community members young and old, Catholic or not, who meet together several times per week to perfect their craft and contribute to a massive enterprise.

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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra kicks off season with Darkness to Light Concert

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s Darkness to Light Concert, presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, will be conducted by Ernest Richardson, the event at 7 p.m. Saturday will feature soloist Teresa Steffen Greenlee and about 50 other musicians.

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Steamboat's Plein Air Festival comes to a close this weekend

Throughout the week, 20 local and visiting artists have set up easels across Steamboat Springs for an art event that is meant for the outdoors.

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Top magic act comes to Steamboat Springs

You may have seen duo, David and Leeman, on this past season of "America's Got Talent." This weekend, the magicians will be in Steamboat for an unforgettable show.

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Band coming to Steamboat will relive the '80s

This four-piece cover band from Boulder brings back the '80s, equipped with shredding guitar solos and lots of neon.

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Literary Sojourn connects readers and writers

At Saturday's annual Literary Sojournevent held at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, readers and authors alike had the opportunity to listen to five nationally recognized authors. Each writer talked about his or her inspiration for the stories and the characters in their published works.

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Strings Music Festival announces exciting winter lineup

Incorporating more diverse acts for the Strings Music Festival offseason, this year's lineup brings a variety of acts and even a theatrical performance during the holiday season.

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Farmers Market season ends on a positive note

The Steamboat Farmers Market was revitalized this season due in large part to a change in venue offering more space for vendors and visitors.

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Bazaar of alternative culture debuts in Oak Creek

This weekend the inaugural DitchFest event kicks off for a day full of eclectic music, art and more, highlighting the local talent found in Oak Creek.

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Local artist Carol Jean observes the Yampa River for her painting for the Steamboat Art Museum's Plein Air Festival, which started last Saturday and will end this Saturday.

Denny and Rhonda Haefely pose with friends Jennifer and Scott Gibson for a picture at the 2014 OktoberWest last weekend.

Friends Shannon Elson, Gordon Thomas, and Ryan McCarthy pose for a picture at the 2014 OktoberWest last weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, artistic cranes graced the lawn in front of the Bud Werner Memorial Library for the Crane Yard Art display and silent auction event held in conjunction with the Yampa Valley Crane Festival this weekend.

Narrative historian and journalist Hampton Sides shares his own adventures while he uncovered the story about the USS Jeannette for his recently released book, “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand And Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.”

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