Tyler Hayden

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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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Follow the Money: Council Election Backers and Bucks

Who's Giving How Much in District Contests?

Who's giving how much in the district contests?

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Mayoral Candidates Answer Tough Questions in Packed House

Debate Veers into Religion, Reputation, and Climate Change

The debate veered into the topics of religion, reputation, and climate change.

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The Fab Five: Inside Santa Barbara’s Mayoral Race

In the Crowded and Competitive Field, Every Candidate Has a Chance

In the crowded and competitive field, every candidate has a chance.

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Diving into Santa Barbara’s City Council District 4 Election

Where Candidates Sneddon, Scafide, Higgins Convene and Converge

Where candidates Kristen Sneddon, Jim Scafide, and Jay Higgins convene and coverage

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District 6 Council Candidate Debrief

Where Do Gregg Hart, Jack Ucciferri, and Aaron Solis Land on Important Election Topics?

Where do Gregg Hart, Jack Ucciferri, and Aaron Solis land on important election topics?

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District 5 Council Candidate Brain-Pick

See Where Eric Friedman and Warner McGrew Stand on Key Election Issues

See where Eric Friedman and Warner McGrew stand on key election issues.

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Two Injured in Helicopter Crash at Santa Barbara Airport

The chopper went down Sunday morning.

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In First Forum, Candidates Tackle Housing

Discussion Centers on Density, Downtown, and Millennials

The discussion centered on density, downtown, and millennials.

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Alcox Awarded $1.3 Million for Losing Half His Life

State Attorney General, Victim Compensation Board Grant His Claim for Wrongful Imprisonment

The state attorney general and Victim Compensation Board grant his claim for wrongful imprisonment.

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Martinez Relinquishes Deckers Chair to Focus on Mayoral Campaign

He’ll remain on the board as a director.

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