Tyler Hayden

News Editor

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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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Whole Fried Snapper @ Rodney’s Grill

The Star of Chef Kirk DeLong’s New Heritage Menu at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

The star of Chef Kirk DeLong’s new heritage menu at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

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Latinos Are Being Pushed Out of Santa Barbara in Droves

New Census Data Shows Population Shrinking 24 Percent Since 2011

New census data shows their population has shrunk by 24 percent since 2011.

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SBCC President Apologizes for Handling of Harassment Claims

Three Dozen Faculty Signed Letter Condemning College's Inaction

Three dozen faculty members signed a letter condemning the college's inaction.

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UCSB Researcher Charged with Molesting Child on Campus

Dr. Hongjun Zhou was arrested September 6.

Edison Submits Grid Safety Plan for PUC Approval

The $582 million program would replace and improve equipment

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Breaking Bread on State Street

Lois & Walter Capps Project Hosts Successful Our Common Table Event

Lois & Walter Capps Project hosts successful Our Common Table event.

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Untangling Downtown Santa Barbara Dysfunction

Should Property Owners Do More to Save State Street?

Should property owners do more to save State Street?

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Maritime Museum Takes On the History of Oil

How Black Gold Has Brightened and Darkened Santa Barbara

The exhibit examines how black gold has brightened and darkened Santa Barbara.

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Police Dogs Getting Bulletproof Vests

A $30,000 donation will pay for the new equipment.

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New Director for CSU Channel Islands Santa Rosa Island Research Station

Russell Bradley Arrives from Farallon Islands 

Russell Bradley arrives from Farallon Islands. 

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