Tyler Maffitt was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in the nearby community of Fremont. Summers were filled with baseball, fishing and trips to the Mountain States. Colder months were focused on The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.
Beginning his career in media at 17, Tyler started as an intern for his hometown radio station and was later hired to voice commercials and produce local sports broadcasts.
Attending Hastings College to study broadcast journalism and economics, Tyler was selected to oversee the campus radio station. Under his two years of leadership, the outlet was honored both in the state of Nebraska and nationally for its comprehensive programming, news and sports lineup.
Moving to Illinois to begin his professional life, Tyler worked as a reporter and news anchor in Central Illinois, Western Illinois and the Northwest Indiana suburbs of Chicago. He was repeatedly recognized by The Associated Press for his investigative reporting and coverage of federal, state and local politics.
Tyler founded a property management and investment company in 2011 with the goal of providing affordable housing to Illinois communities hit hard by the Great Recession. Acquiring a respectable portfolio, he eventually sold his holdings as the American economy recovered and used the proceeds to travel the country. He found his way to Southern Utah after an extended visit to the region in early 2018.