Tyler Auffhammer got his start at The Western Carolinian as a contributing writer during the 2011 summer semester. He was named a staff writer at the newspaper during the 2011 fall semester and primarily covered the News and Features beats, winning an honorable mention in Feature writing at the North Carolina College Media Conference in 2012 for the series “Before They Were Educators.”
Tyler was promoted to News Editor during the fall 2012 semester, with his proudest moment being when the newspaper staff won a sixth place award (non-weekly large publications) in the Associated Collegiate Press’s Best of Show in 2012.
In 2013, Tyler was awarded the “Jack Of All Trades” and “Best News Article” awards and was later was promoted to Managing Editor.
Tyler is a sophomore secondary English education major with a creative writing minor at Western Carolina University. He is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and has presented at professional conferences like WCU’s Undergraduate Expo (2013) and Senior Literature Conference (2012), as well as the 27th Annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research in 2013. Tyler also works as a writing fellow in the Writing and Learning Commons.