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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.
Communicating Danger Before, During Disasters Is a Delicate, Difficult Business
Communicating danger before and during disasters is a delicate and difficult business.
A new map reveals the bulk of the damage and fatalities occurred along Montecito, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks.
The Independent is mapping impacted areas as responders focus on rescue and repair efforts.
Five days after the Montecito mudslides, the search for survivors continues.
Mudslides Breached Highway 192 Line and Raced Through Voluntary Zones
Mudslides breached the Highway 192 line and raced all the way through voluntary zones.
First Emergency Cell Phone Alert Was Issued Tuesday Morning After Deadly Flooding Began
The county didn't issue its first cell phone alert Tuesday morning until after the deadly flooding began.
Eight more people remain missing.
Entire Buildings Leveled When Ruptured Gas Line Exploded
Entire buildings were leveled when a ruptured gas line exploded.
17 People Killed and 100 Homes Destroyed in Post-Thomas Fire Disaster
Seventeen people were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in the post-Thomas Fire disaster.
Facebook, Twitter Posts Plead for Information
Facebook and Twitter posts plead for information.