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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Why Did So Few in Montecito Evacuate?

Communicating Danger Before, During Disasters Is a Delicate, Difficult Business

Communicating danger before and during disasters is a delicate and difficult business.

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Montecito Debris Flow Devastation Concentrated Along Creeks

A new map reveals the bulk of the damage and fatalities occurred along Montecito, San Ysidro, and Romero creeks.

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A House-by-House Damage Assessment of the Montecito Mudslides

The Independent is mapping impacted areas as responders focus on rescue and repair efforts.

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Names, Photos of Seven Missing People Released

Five days after the Montecito mudslides, the search for survivors continues.

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Scrutiny Grows Over Mandatory vs. Voluntary Evacuation Orders

Mudslides Breached Highway 192 Line and Raced Through Voluntary Zones

Mudslides breached the Highway 192 line and raced all the way through voluntary zones.

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As Number of Missing Grows, Questions Arise Over County Warning

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.

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Names of 17 Montecito Mudslide Victims Released

Eight more people remain missing.

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Half of Historic San Ysidro Ranch Destroyed in Montecito Mudslide

Entire Buildings Leveled When Ruptured Gas Line Exploded

Entire buildings were leveled when a ruptured gas line exploded.

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Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

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.

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Family and Friends of Missing Montecito Residents Take to Social Media

Facebook, Twitter Posts Plead for Information

Facebook and Twitter posts plead for information.

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