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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Council Caps High-Density Housing

Votes to Put Brakes on Successful and Controversial City Program

Votes to put brakes on successful and controversial city program.

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Vitamin Angels Bring New Hope to Forgotten People

How Distributing Vitamin A to Small Mexican Villages Changed Lives

How distributing Vitamin A to small Mexican villages changed lives.

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Vacation Rental Conversion Denied

Council shoots down third appeal in four weeks.

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Twelve-Unit Housing Project Approved for Westside

Developer Ed St. George building five duplexes and two single-family homes.

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Skids Greased for State Street Tenants

City Improves, Streamlines Permit and Review Process

The city is improving and streamlining its permit and review process.

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The Great Vacancy Rate Debate

Landlords Ask: What Housing Crisis?

Landlords ask: What housing crisis?

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Santa Barbara’s Bee Whisperer

Nick Wigle Saves Hidden Hives with Love and Kindness

Nick Wigle saves hidden hives with love and kindness.

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Former Deckers CEO Angel Martinez Running for Mayor

He Has Big Plans for State Street, Santa Barbara Business

He has big plans for State Street and Santa Barbara business.

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One UCSB Student Sexually Assaulted, Another Fatally Overdoses at Same 4th of July Party

Incidents Appear Unrelated

The incidents appear to be unrelated.

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Home-to-Hotel Conversion Shot Down

Council Denies Proposal to Turn Condo into Short-Term Rental

Council denies a proposal to turn a condominium into a short-term rental.

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