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Student’s love of television news nets him a $10,000 prize

BOONE—Appalachian State University freshman Tyler Hardin is this year’s winner of the Fox News Channel College Challenge Contest, a nationwide contest where students submit news stories for consideration.

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As the winner of the competition, Hardin received a check for $10,000, which was presented during a May 1 broadcast of Fox & Friends.

Hardin is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic media/broadcasting in the Department of Communication. He also is the owner and president of TDH Media, a high-definition broadcast film production company founded in 2009. On campus, Hardin serves as a broadcast news presenter for 90.5 WASU FM and as a University College Senator for Appalachian State University’s Student Government Association.

Hardin said he has been interested in television news ever since he was a young boy when he began watching it with his family. In fact, it was his grandmother who alerted him to the competition after reading about it in a local newspaper.

“To be able to see what’s going on in the news and apply that and go out and get these hard-hitting stories has really been terrific and it’s something that I want to pursue after college,” Hardin told the Fox & Friends cohosts.

A video of Hardin’s interview and award presentation is online at