Tyler Hardin, a sophomore broadcasting major and Appalachian State, recently won the 2015 Fox News College Competition for his report on live police webcams in the town of Greensboro.
Fox News selects one solo or group winner every year to receive a trip to New York and an interview with Fox News, in addition to a $10,000 cash prize.
He said he originally saw the competition advertised in high school.
“When I got into college and knew I was going to [compete], I set out for something that was very controversial and all over the nation,” Hardin said. “With recent events, a lot of cities are looking into investing in police body worn cameras. For me, living in Greensboro, I figured this was a great way to cover the story and shine light on both the positive and negatives of implementing that.”
Greensboro first implemented police body cameras in 2013, Hardin said. He spoke with the mayor, police officers and citizens when covering the story in order to showcase both sides.
Competing led Hardin to an internship at Fox this previous summer in New York City, working on Mornings with Maria, a show featuring an array of financial and political topics. Hardin assisted with social media, video production and general planning for the show.
“I would wake around 3 a.m. and get to Fox around 5:30 a.m.,” Hardin said. “I met a lot of incredible people and the skill building for me was incredible – everyone was very welcoming.”