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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Seeing Santa Barbara’s Past with New Eyes

Santa Barbara Public Library Digitizes More than 2,500 Historic Images

Santa Barbara Public Library digitizes more than 2,500 historic images.

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Here’s How Santa Barbara Police Train the Public to Survive a Shooting

Regular Trainings Provided by Department and Private Companies

Regular trainings are provided by the department and private companies.

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Nonunion Contractors Applaud Committee's Thumbs-Down Vote

Union-Only Construction-Bid Issue Goes to City Council

Union-only construction-bid issue, proposed by Councilmember Gregg Hart, goes next to City Council.

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Few Countywide Are Emergency-Ready

Officials Urge Residents to Sign Up for 'Aware & Prepare'

Official urge residents to sign up for 'Aware & Prepare.'

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Old Sails Given Second Life As Surfboard Bags

Jeff Wapner Returns Home to Create New Company

Jeff Wapner returns home to Santa Barbara to create his new company.

Indigenous Peoples Day, Italian Heritage Day Approved by City

Council Recognizes Both for Second Monday in October

Coucilmembers recognize both for second Monday in October.

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New Police Station Could Displace Downtown Fixtures

Lawn Bowlers, Farmers Dispute Proposed Locations

Lawn bowlers, farmers dispute proposed locations.

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State A.G. Receives Complaint Against Bellosguardo Foundation

Nonprofit Accused of Shirking Mission and Catering to Rich

The nonprofit is accused of shirking its mission and catering to the rich.

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New Debris Flow Evac Plan Announced

County Launches Parcel-Based Strategy

County launches parcel-based strategy.

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City Eyes Union-Only Labor

Policy Would Prioritize Local Crews Over Out-Of-Towners

Policy would prioritize local crews over out-of-towners.

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