Business/County Government ReporterA lifelong Wisconsin resident, Andrew Dowd grew up in the suburban Madison area, graduating in 2000 from Verona Area High School. He studied print journalism at UW-Eau Claire, completing his bachelor's degree in spring 2004. During college, he worked at the campus newspaper, The Spectator, and landed a part-time job and summer internship at the Leader-Telegram. After a short stint at the Stevens Point Journal, Dowd returned to the Leader-Telegram in August 2005 as a full-time reporter. He spent several years covering Eau Claire County government before shifting beats to Eau Claire city politics in 2010.