Tyler Daniel Hardin joined the WCTI News Channel 12 team in September of 2018 after graduating with a degree in Electronic Media/Broadcasting from Appalachian State University.
Hardin has covered an extensive array of news stories in eastern North Carolina, from breaking news to investigative features. He’s been the first reporter on the scene for bank robberies, shootings and major accidents. Hardin has battled the rain and winds of Hurricane Dorian (2019) and Isaias (2020) to keep viewers informed during the storm. Hardin was the first journalist to push East Carolina University Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach for answers after being put on administrative leave when photos surfaced of him out at a Greenville bar. Most recently Hardin has pressed ECU leaders for answers about reopening classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2015 as a first-year college student Hardin won the Fox News College Challenge for his report on police body-worn cameras in Greensboro, NC. A panel of Fox News professionals judged the national competition and selected Hardin’s report out of hundreds of entries. Hardin then interned as a summer Fox News College Associate in New York City (2015-2017) with hosts Maria Bartiromo, Neil Cavuto, Bill Hemmer and Shannon Bream. A highlight of his time interning was helping cover the 2016 presidential election campaign stops across NC with Fox News correspondents Carl Cameron and Jennifer Griffin. Hardin completed seven separate internships focusing on journalism and electronic media communication during his college career.
Hardin was active in student government and as a senior served as the Student Body President for the University of North Carolina System. Hardin was the representative voice for the nearly 230,000 students within the UNC System. In this capacity he represented students’ interest on the UNC Board of Governors and worked together with UNC System President Margaret Spellings and North Carolina State Legislators.
Hardin developed a passion for storytelling as an eighth grader when he created a 10-minute TV show for his middle school. He continued developing his skills throughout high school hosting, producing and editing “Student Reports with Tyler Hardin.” The 30-minute show aired daily on GCSTV-2 in Guilford County and focused on student activities, achievements and awards throughout the school system.
When Hardin is not in the field reporting, he can be found behind the anchor desk helping fill-in when needed. He loves to travel and explore the great state of North Carolina, from the mountains to the Crystal Coast and all areas in between. With his passion for storytelling and love for connecting with people he is always excited to meet new folks. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you see him around town, please stop and chat, and tell him about your idea for the next big story!