Tyler Hayden

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News editor Tyler Hayden started at The Santa Barbara Independent as an intern in the spring of 2009 while studying English and editing at UCSB. He was hired as an associate editor that fall and became the newsroom majordomo soon after. Since then, he's spent his days editing and writing stories, wrangling interns, and helping manage independent.com.

Tyler regularly contributes to a number of Santa Barbara and national news organizations, and he and the Independent's other writers have received multiple awards from Editor & Publisher, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, most recently for their coverage of the 2014 Isla Vista murders and the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill.

Recent Stories

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Cracking the Climate Change Brain Barrier

Media Psychologist Explains How Emotion, Not Data, Is the Key to Action

A media psychologist explains how emotion, not data, is the key to action.

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Inside the Botanic Garden's Fort Knox of Pressed Plants

Flora Are the Foundation of All Habitats and Will Help Stave off Ecological Collapse

Flora are the foundation of all habitats and will help stave off ecological collapse.

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Couple Arrested After Infant Son Tests Positive for Methamphetamine

Patricia Fleckser, 30, and Nathan McBrayer, 34, were charged with felony child endangerment.

Airport Numbers Highest Since Recession

Passenger counts rise at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.

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New Year Means No More Styrofoam

City of Santa Barbara ban of expanded polystyrene cups, plates, coolers, and more started January 1.

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Five Surfers Rescued from Isla Vista Area Beaches

They were all caught in a high tide and pounding surf.

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'Times' Report Dredges Up Debris Basin Issues

Records Show Catchments Were Clogged with Sediment Before the Debris Flow

Records show the catchments were clogged with sediment before the debris flow.

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Tyler Hayden’s Year in Review

Our Senior Editor Tyler Picks His Favorite Stories from 2018

Our Senior Editor Picks His Favorite Stories from 2018.

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El Encanto Parent Company Bought Up By LVMH

The luxury French corporation owns Louise Vuitton and Hennessy brands.

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Study: Debris Flow Warnings Were Confusing, Unconvincing

Victims' Families Furious at County Failures But Thwarted By Government Immunity

Victims' families outraged at county failures but thwarted from legal action by government immunity.

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