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.

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Ventura Farmworkers, Spanish Speakers Left Out of Thomas Fire Emergency Response

Many Laborers Forced to Work Without Face Masks; Westside Immigrant Residents Unaware of Warnings

Many laborers have been forced to work without face masks, and Westside immigrant residents were unaware of warnings.

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Mandatory Evacuations Issued Through Northern Montecito and Carpinteria Sunday Morning

Evacuation Orders Continue to Move Westward for Area North of Highway 192

Evacuation orders continue to move westward for the area north of Highway 192, east of Buena Vista Road.

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Evacuations from Carpinteria to Toro Canyon as Thomas Fire Grows to 115,000 Acres

Evacuation Warnings and Orders Clarified at Thursday Evening Press Conference

Evacuation warnings and orders were clarified at the Thursday evening press conference.

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Multiple Brush Fires in Buellton "Put to Bed" on Friday

Santa Barbara County and Los Padres Firefighters Have Full Containment

Santa Barbara County and Los Padres firefighters have full containment of the brush fires.

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Thomas Fire Creating ‘Hazardous’ Air-Quality Conditions in Santa Barbara

The county’s Reserve Medical Corps is now distributing free face masks.

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Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito, Goleta, and Cold Spring Schools All Closed

Thomas Fire threatens Carpinteria and shrouds South Coast in smoke.

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Thomas Fire Continues to Rage ‘Out of Control’ in Ventura County

7,700 Homes Evacuated; More Than 150 Buildings Destroyed

Over 7,700 homes have been evacuated and more than 150 buildings have been destroyed in Ventura County fire.

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Body of Missing Santa Barbara Teen Found in Yosemite

Gerardo Cruz Hernandez, 18, was last seen November 22.

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‘Ten Commandments’ Sphinx Head Excavated from Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Latest Find Part of Massive and Mysterious Cecil B. DeMille Film Set

The latest find is part of the massive and mysterious Cecil B. DeMille film set from 1923.

Goleta Attorney Disbarred After Third DUI

John Darwin McCurdy, 73, was previously convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter in 1994.

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