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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One UCSB Student Sexually Assaulted, Another Fatally Overdoses at Same 4th of July Party

Incidents Appear Unrelated

The incidents appear to be unrelated.

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Home-to-Hotel Conversion Shot Down

Council Denies Proposal to Turn Condo into Short-Term Rental

Council denies a proposal to turn a condominium into a short-term rental.

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Resistance Grows Against Vacation-Rental Conversions

'We Have Enough Hotel Rooms and Not Enough Housing' in Santa Barbara

'We have enough hotel rooms and not enough housing,” said Bill Mahan, Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks commissioner.

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More Money for Rocky Roads?

Sales Tax Increase Goes to a Vote

Voters will decide on a sales tax increase to fund street repairs.

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Flight of the Santa Barbara Food Trucks

Mobile Vendors Fold and Flee Before Pending Regulations

Mobile vendors fold and flee before pending regulations.

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The Habit’s Secret Sauce

What Makes the Santa Barbara–Grown Burger Chain So Darn Successful?

What Makes the Santa Barbara–Grown Burger Chain So Darn Successful

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Copper in Water Conundrum Continues

New Tests Suggest Health Scare Is Isolated to Four Downtown Developments

New tests suggest the health scare is isolated to four downtown developments.

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Gavin for Governor?

Newsom Covers Lots of Ground in La Casa De La Raza Visit

Newsom covers lots of ground in La Casa De La Raza visit.

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Goodbye, East Beach Grill

After 33 Years, Owner Francisco Aguilera Is Leaving with a Twisted Arm and a Broken Heart

After 33 years, owner Francisco Aguilera is leaving with a twisted arm and a broken heart.

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Ancient Chumash Artifacts Found on Santa Rosa Island

This Week’s Discovery Supports New Theories on Chumash Ancestry

This week’s discovery support new theories on Chumash ancestry.

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