Tyler Bednar
Tyler Bednar(he/him/his)
Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Tyler Bednar expects to graduate in May 2025 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Bednar has interned at the Chicago Dogs baseball team in Rosemont, Illinois, and the Miracle League of Arizona in Scottsdale.

Latest from Tyler Bednar

Bobby Winkles enshrined in bronze at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, cementing ASU baseball legacy

PHOENIX – Former Arizona State baseball coach Bobby Winkles is immortalized after a successful 13-year career. He earned three national championships during his career and made a lasting impact on Sun Devil sports.

Bobby Winkles' statue stands immortalized along the third baseline at, Phoenix Municipal, honoring ASU baseball's first varsity head coach. (Photo by Tyler Bednar/Cronkite News)

Inspired: Football mom’s idea brings HBCU programs, local players together at Arizona camp

PHOENIX – Britney Buckles was watching her son Xavier playing football for Williams Field High when an idea came to her. Why not bring coaches from HBCU programs to Arizona for a camp that would connect them with local players they otherwise couldn’t afford to recruit? The result is a May 18 HBCU camp at Higley High School featuring at least four HBCU programs.

More than 100 HBCU programs have football, and several of those schools will come to Arizona in May to watch local athletes. (Photo by Kaitlyn Morris/Getty Images)

Pressure? What pressure? Beyond rankings, top Chicago Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong focused on MLB glory

PHOENIX — Outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, 22, is a future star in MLB. He was drafted by the New York Mets out of Harvard-Westlake School — baseball royalty in the 2010s. One of MiLB’s top prospects, Crow-Armstrong wants to win the World Series.

With eyes set on the majors, Pete Crow-Armstrong's determination fuels his every move as the top Chicago Cubs prospect. (Photo by Joe Eigo/Cronkite News)

Countdown to tip-off: Final Four Week brings hoops fever to Arizona with fan festivities, college basketball’s best

PHOENIX – The NCAA Men’s Final Four is four days away, with many behind the scenes working tirelessly to plan a fun weekend for Arizonans and fans who will travel thousands of miles for the biggest college basketball tournament in the world.

State Farm Stadium gears up to host the NCAA Men's Final Four, while fans eagerly anticipate the festivities both inside and outside the arena. (Photo by Noah Maltzman/Cronkite)

Former ASU swimmer Kyle Sockwell, the self-proclaimed CEO of swimming social media, upends the sport’s coverage

PHOENIX — The 2024 Paris Olympics will be underway in just over four months. Swimming coverage on social media is led by former Arizona State swimmer Kyle Sockwell. He began his career posting on Vine, and is now the self-proclaimed President & CEO of Swimming Twitter.

How Dartmouth College’s men’s basketball unionization case could impact athletes at Arizona State, University of Arizona

PHOENIX – The National Labor Relations Board regional director announced Dartmouth College’s men’s basketball players could vote to unionize. While Dartmouth’s players are protected by the NLRB, ASU and Arizona athletes might be impacted by the ruling.

Baseball’s finishing school: How the Arizona Fall League shapes the destiny of MLB’s best

PHOENIX – Since 1992, the Arizona Fall League has been the epicenter of Major League Baseball’s future superstars. In total, AFL alumni have amassed 355 All-Star Game appearances, 22 MVPs and eight Cy Young Awards.

The Arizona Fall League plays a pivotal role in honing the skills of future MLB players while putting the spirit of competition on full display. (Photo by Jason Hanna/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll wins first Rookie of the Year Award in franchise history

PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks star outfielder Corbin Carroll won the 2023 National League Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old led the Diamondbacks to 84 wins, their first postseason appearance since 2017 and the first World Series trip since 2001.

Rookie Corbin Carroll celebrating with teammates

His home runs will go on: Céline Dion’s song highlights Diamondbacks prospect Ivan Melendez’s journey

PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks’ No. 8 prospect Ivan Melendez has suffered numerous setbacks while being the minor league’s most powerful slugger. Melendez gained notoriety when the Texas Longhorns played Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” after big hits.

Ivan Melendez and other players leaning against the dugout.

All signs point to … a missed opportunity by Diamondbacks in Game 3 World Series loss to Rangers

PHOENIX – In position to score the first run in Game 3 of the World Series, Christian Walker made a costly mistakes in the second inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 3-1 loss to the Texas Rangers Monday night, and it came at the expense of momentum.

How Arizona native Merrill Kelly’s long, winding path led him to pitching for hometown team in World Series

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks are playing in the World Series for the first time since 2001. The trip to the Fall Classic means even more for Scottsdale product Merrill Kelly, who endured numerous bumps before pitching for his hometown team.

After overcoming obstacles and taking the road less traveled throughout his career, Scottsdale native Merrill Kelly is set to pitch for his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2023 World Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tickets, times and more: How to attend the 2023 World Series

PHOENIX – For the first time since 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks are returning to the World Series. As ticket prices skyrocket, fans look for way to attend World Series

Arizona Diamondbacks fans wait in a long line at Chase Field to buy last-minute World Series tickets. Ticket prices have doubled since the team advanced Tuesday with a win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 7 of the NLCS. (Photo by Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

A hard-Pfaadt battle: Diamondbacks rookie delivers in Game 3 victory over Phillies

PHOENIX – After losing the first two games of the National League Championship Series, the Diamondbacks found themselves in a difficult position. Rookie pitcher Brandon Pfaadt changed the narrative of the series by leading his team to a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Arizona Pickleball Players League’s growth empowered by sport’s increase in popularity

PHOENIX – Since its founding in 2019, the Arizona Pickleball Players League has earned increased popularity among the Phoenix and Tucson regions. The league hopes to expand to neighboring states to create regional tournament.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen, young hitters thrive in Game 1 Wild Card victory against the Milwaukee Brewers

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 in the opening game of the NL Wild Card Series. In Arizona’s first appearance since 2017, manager Torey Lovullo relied on six bullpen arms to shut down the Brewers’ offense.

Diamondbacks' players huddled together.

‘Without refs, it’s only recess’: Former ref says recruiting women could be answer to high school officiating shortage

PHOENIX – Amid abuse from parents, coaches and athletes, many high school officials are leaving the profession. Anne Montgomery, who spent 29 years officiating football and other sports in Arizona, believes that recruiting more women could be the answer to the shortage.

Referee grabbing flag off the field.