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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.
Drastic Measure Deemed 'Lesser of Two Evils'
The utility company deems the drastic measure the 'lesser of two evils.'
How Camouflaged Private Funds Influence Public Policy
Kimberly Reed’s documentary exposes how camouflaged private funds influence public policy.
Dylan Sulit-Swalley hid the contraband "inside his person."
Quick Conversations with La Presidenta, the Spirits, and Saint Barbara
Quick conversations with La Presidenta, the Spirits, and Saint Barbara.
Why Santa Barbara's Main Drag Is Suffering and How to Fix It
Our report on why Santa Barbara's main drag Is suffering and suggestions on how to fix it.
Winner of June Election Fills Mayor Cathy Murillo's Seat
New councilmember won June election and fills Mayor Cathy Murillo's seat.
How the County Flubbed Its Emergency Messaging
How the county flubbed its emergency messaging.
Mark McIntire Violated College Ethics Code, but Is Cleared of Title IX Complaints
Mark McIntire violated college ethics code, but is cleared of Title IX complaints.
Studios Will Welcome Low-Income Seniors and Veterans
The new studios will be built for low-income seniors and veterans.
Mandatory Evacuations Underway North of Cathedral Oaks Road Between La Patera and Patterson
Mandatory evacuations are underway north of Cathedral Oaks Road between La Patera and Patterson.