Name: Kyle Dyer
Marital status: Married, Chris West
Children: Two girls, Josie, 15, and Eliza, 13
Career: Generative Journalist/Storyteller
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Where do you call home today? Soon to be Lowry
Website: kyledyerstorytelling.comKyle Dyer loves stories. She tells them with energy, joy and great passion. After a 20-year career at 9News where Dyer was one of the most recognizable faces in Colorado, Dyer is now a generative journalist/storyteller plying her trade in Colorado. Dyer defines her role as one who “generates news to build community.” Ruthlessly positive, Dyer is more interested in the connections and relationships she builds in her storytelling than landing the massive client. The word Dyer uses the most is “community” and it’s not just a prop for her. A Maryland native, Dyer has become a Colorado community treasure and now strives to build our community through her storytelling.
What surprises people about you?
Not much. I am who I am and who you saw on TV every day.
How do people describe you?
People describe me as a good listener who really cares about people and helping them. I put people at ease.
Favorite Denver metro restaurant?
A very special restaurant for us is Barolo Grill where I interviewed for my job and 9News and we go there for our anniversary every year.
What was the last great book you read?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It’s about a little boy with physical differences and how people relate to him. It’s a kid’s book that I wish all adults read.
What is your biggest fashion faux pas?
When I wore turtlenecks on TV a lot and they called me matronly.
What is one thing that you absolutely can’t live without?
My wonderfully supportive husband Chris, my girls and my 84-year-old mom Carol, with whom I chat every day And my dog. And I don’t think I’d be as happy or productive if I didn’t have God’s presence in my life. When I get myself worried or stressed out over life stuff or work stuff, I remind myself to just stop it, and trust that God will take care of everything.
What was your last major purchase?
The home in Lowry.
What gadget can you not live without?
My laptop. I do everything on my laptop.
What are your hobbies?
I love to exercise. I need to exercise. This is going to sound weird but talking is also something I love to do.
What is your most memorable Colorado experience?
Moving here. I knew nobody. Meeting my husband and getting married here. After 22 years, all my life is here.
What one word describes Coloradans to you?
What is your favorite spot in Colorado to visit?
Are you involved with any charities?
I am involved with Catholic Charities, Take Note Colorado, Children’s Hospital, The Morgan Adams Foundation, Kenzi’s Causes (formerly Dolls for Daughters. Most of my projects are nonprofits, and I often fall in love with them.
What took you down this career path?
I was always a people person. I loved writing and talking and talking. After 18 years at Channel 9’s morning show, I joined the afternoon show and started producing my own stories. And people seemed to like and share those stories on line. I found I was more excited about the people I was meeting than the headlines. I was drawn to telling people’s stories. I finished working at 9News on a Wednesday and started my storytelling business on that Thursday.
What makes you a good storyteller?
I am good because I listen to people. I have a conversation and when people feel listened to, it generates more conversation. I help people tell more than what they do, I help people discover why they do what they do and then tell that story. I love the connection and that makes the story better.
What’s your favorite story?
I appreciate every story with as much passion as the next. I keep in touch with most of my subjects still. I feel that every person I do a story on impacts me in some way.
Who is the storyteller you most admire?
Storytelling is so much more than the written word. It is artists, singers, dancers and painters like my mom. Everybody is a storyteller.
If you could tell one person or company’s story, who’s would you tell?
I don’t think I have met them yet. The sky is the limit. Every business has a story. The family ranch that has been around for generations has a story. The store on the corner has a story. Maybe it’s a love story. I want to tell them all.
How has social media impacted storytelling?
It’s so wonderful. It spreads the good and the bad everywhere. You can tell people get connected to the story. It’s a proactive way for people to share their story. Even friends on Facebook share their stories and get connective information out.
Are there unique challenges for a woman storyteller?
No. Absolutely none.
Where do you hope your business is in ten years?
I’d love to grow it, but there is only one me. I hope it’s booming because I hope people realize how powerful it is to tell your story. Storytelling will always be there and connect it.
What are the biggest challenges in your business?
So many stories, so little time.
You speak often about the dog attack. What is the strongest lesson you took away from that event?
There were many. Yes, I learned a lesson not to get too close to an unknown dog. But more than that, I was forced to not talk and forced to listen and reflect. Then when I was able to talk, and people listened to my story, I felt so connected. The story isn’t really about the dog, it’s about how I learned to listen. And in some ways, I learned to slow down.
How did being on local news prepare you for your new endeavor?
I knew this community very well and I have felt connected. Channel 9 was such a great family for me. They really embraced me, as did Colorado. Now I want to generate news to build community. People know my work and style as well and trust me and that helps
Is there a most memorable moment for you when you were on the local news?
My first day on the air was the day Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were driven to the federal courthouse. And I said Patrick “Roy” instead of “Wah” that same day. And my last day, was so special because I felt so loved. Of course, I was on the air for Columbine, 9/11, and Aurora and those were obviously huge.
What advice would you give young women entering the news business?
Love what you do, and then get connected with your community. Get to know the heart of the people around you. Go to coffee shops and gyms and charities.
How do you feel about the concept of “fake news” that is the rage today among some people?
I’m a flipper. I like to watch all channels. You have to be careful what you hear and you have to tell the other side. I can filter a lot of things out, especially now that I am out of the news room. And form your own opinions.
Scott S. Evans is graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law and is a father of two, a business litigation attorney, writer and high school lacrosse coach living in Centennial. Scott has freelanced for The Wall Street Journal, The Military Law Review and the Manchester Union Leader. Scott prefers to tell his stories 124 characters at a time @ScottEvans2312.
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