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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Internal Records Reveal Mixed Messages, Missed Opportunities Before 1/9 Debris Flow

County Officials Worked Hard But Struggled to Convey the True Dangers of the Storm

County officials worked hard but struggled to convey the true dangers of the storm.

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Sticker Sales Help Disaster Recovery

Graphic Designer Gen Matsui Found His Way to Give Back

Graphic designer Gen Matsui found his way to give back.

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City on Vision Quest for State Street Revival

Leaders Also Mull Ways to Protect Economy from Next Disaster

Leaders also mull ways to protect our economy from the next disaster.

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Santa Barbara City College Has Its #MeToo Moment

Professor Faces Backlash After Raising Concerns About Guest Lecturer

A chemistry professor is facing backlash after raising concerns about a guest lecturer.

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Variant Training Lab Will Make You Better, Faster, Stronger

Science, Tech, and Health Converge in New State Street Fitness Center

Science, tech, and health converge in new State Street fitness center.

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Interior Design Firm Offers Free Furniture to Montecito Victims

But Many Remain in Desperate Need of a Home

But many remain in desperate need of a home.

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Santa Barbara Reports Drop in Tax Revenue

Decrease Attributed to Disaster Impacts on Businesses

The decrease was likely caused by this winter’s back-to-back natural disasters.

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District 3 Candidates Go Toe-to-Toe in Debate

The Election Games Begin in Race to Represent the Westside

The election games begin in race to represent Santa Barbara's Westside.

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Mission to Mars Launching from Santa Barbara

Go Behind the Scenes of NASA’s First Interplanetary Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Go Behind the Scenes of NASA’s First Interplanetary Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Meet the Santa Barbara Zoo’s New Koalas

Edmund and Thackory Are on Display for a Year

Edmund and Thackory are on display for a year.

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