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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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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Santa Barbara Votes for 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The Goal Is to Go Completely Clean by 2030

The goal is to go completely clean by 2030.

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Backyard ‘Black Gold’

The Why and How of Composting in Santa Barbara

The why and how of composting in Santa Barbara.

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Nukes of Hazard: Vandenberg, Star Wars, and North Korea

Is Vandenberg Air Force Base Our Best Defense or Our Greatest Risk?

Will the Star Wars program at Vandenberg Air Force Base make us a North Korean target?

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Cold Spring Barrier Five-Year Checkup

Cited as a 'Big Success'

The barrier is being cited as a 'big success.'

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Bomb Scare at UCSB

Abandoned backpack prompts student evacuation on I.V. killings anniversary.

“Alien: Covenant’

Prequel Has Nothing Left to Hide

This prequel has nothing left to hide, but does offer legitimate spookiness.

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