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2012 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: The Winner Is…

With Kentucky’s 67-59 win over Kansas last night, March Madness has officially come to an end. That also means that it is time to declare a winner in TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness bracket challenge.

Your 2012 TVNewser bracket challenge winner is…

Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald!

“It was great fun going up against really tough competition,” MacDonald says. “I am honored and thrilled to be this year’s champion.”

It was a close match this year, with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kyra Phillips very close behind MacDonald in the standings. This is the second straight year that a competitor for one of the business news networks won. Last year’s winner was Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu. Chu also had a good showing this year, placing ninth.

In last place, tragically, was your humble TVNewser editor, who clearly needs to reevaluate his college basketball picking skills. My strategy of picking teams who had cool mascots (Blue Devils? Awesome!) may not have been the most sound.

A big “Thank You!” to all of this year’s participants.

The final standings are below.

Rank Name Score Champ (Final score)
1 Liz MacDonald 144 Kentucky (139)
2 Suzanne Malveaux 128 Kentucky (96)
3 Kyra Phillips 127 Kentucky (120)
4 Brian Sullivan 123 Kentucky (141)
5 Janelle Rodriguez 121 Kentucky (147)
6 Sandy Cannold 115 Kentucky (140)
7 Willie Geist 110 Kentucky (142)
8 KC Sullivan 107 Kentucky (127)
9 Dominic Chu 106 Kentucky (123)
10 Brooke Baldwin 96 North Carolina (165)
11 Harris Faulkner 92 Kansas (162)
12 John Antonio 89 North Carolina (104)
12 Stephanie Ruhle 89 Kansas (129)
14 Rich Edson 88 Syracuse (175)
15 Matt Quayle 86 North Carolina (138)
16 Cory Johnson 84 North Carolina (156)
17 Joe Kernen 82 Ohio St. (130)
18 Randi Kaye 81 Syracuse (155)
19 Alex Korson 80 North Carolina (147)
19 Becky Quick 80 Florida St. (172)
21 Fredricka Whitfield 71 Vanderbilt (148)
22 Bill Wolff 70 North Carolina (151)
23 Rome Hartman 69 Duke (127)
24 Regina Gilgan 68 Georgetown (114)
25 Don Lemon 62 Duke (125)
25 John Roberts 62 North Carolina (196)
27 Steve Friedman 60 Michigan St. (137)
28 Carol Costello 57 Ohio St. (130)
29 John Melloy 54 North Carolina (148)
30 Alex Weprin 52 Duke (122)
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