DRACUT -- At only 19, Tyler Dumont's career has reached new heights.
In early 2012, Dumont learned that the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences had nominated his story about wind energy in Cape Cod for an Emmy award.
NATAS nominated the story under the category of "Outstanding Teen Program."
"It's what any journalist strives for. It's their dream," says Dumont, Dracut native and co-anchor of Teen Kids News, a nationally syndicated television program aired on more than 220 channels.
Dumont says his was among five other programs that air in the New York market that received the nomination, and while he was disappointed that he did not win, the mere nomination was satisfaction enough.
But Dumont quickly clarified that this was a team recognition, saying, "The nomination, honestly, is a credit to a team of talented writers, producers and young reporters that truly make our show one of the best educational programs to watch on TV."
Even though Dumont now attends school in Vermont and spends significant time in New York City, where Teen Kids News is filmed, he speaks proudly of his roots in the Lowell area.
Dumont grew up in Dracut, attended the St. Louis School in Lowell and Lowell Catholic High School. After graduation, he studied at Merrimack Community College to save money before transferring to Lyndon State College in Vermont, where he currently studies electronic journalism.
In the fifth grade, after watching his uncle being interviewed on local community-access television, Dumont says he was hooked.
"I was fascinated with the fact that one of my relatives was on television," he said.
That experience inspired Dumont to go on and create his own show, Kid's World, which aired on Dracut Access Television. One of the show's features was a "behind-the scenes" segment at FOX 25 in Dedham.
"Seeing the newsroom and how it worked -- that's when I knew that this is what I wanted to do," Dumont says.
In high school, Dumont interned at a local radio station, where he was the weekend anchor. In 2007, he landed his spot on Teen Kids News, where he continues to work today.
More recently, he has worked as a freelancer at The Sun, where he says he, "learned to write what's truly important."
Now a college sophomore, Dumont hosts a radio show on WGMT-FM Magic 97.7 in northeast Vermont.
Dumont says his biggest influence has been his family, who, he says, are "news junkies."
He also recognizes the insatiable, fearless curiosity of the world he holds as being one of the reasons for being where he is today.
"I've always been curious and not afraid to ask 'why?'" he says.
Dumont says that, though his interests vary, he foresees a future in television.
In Massachusetts, Teen Kids News can be seen Sunday mornings on WMUR-TV at 10:30 or -TV at 11:30.