Justices Done

Why are these judges smiling? Because the annual Independent Theater Awards are a wrap. Read story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

True Grit

Though emotions were mixed when we won the Breaking News category for the tragedy in Isla Vista (reported by, clockwise from top left, Brandon Fastman, Tyler Hayden, Nick Welsh, Lyz Hoffman, Kelsey Brugger, and Matt Kettmann), we are more than proud about our firsts in the Better Newspaper Contest held by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which include Fastman's DREAM Act story, Hayden's rental market cover, and the autobiographical "Paddling Through the Storm" by Ethan Stewart (who was busy with his newborn when we took this photo), and seconds for website, photo essay, and news photo. Read story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


By correctly spelling words such as “correspondence,” “fuselage,” and “emcee,” Camille Cheng, a 6th grader at Montessori Center School, outlasted most of her 54 competitors at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee on April 18. Read story.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

For News Junkies Only

If you've enjoyed them in print, you can see them on TV Santa Barbara Channel 17 online and on cable all weekend. Read story.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coloring Contest Winner

Our Summer Camp illustrations just begged for color, so we challenged readers to a coloring contest. Read story.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

As the World Turns

"Earth Day isn't Earth Day without The Independent," says Tanya Spears-Guiliacci. Read story.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jumpin’ Off the Page

“Man, reading through these camps, I would give anything to be a kid and do some of this cool stuff this summer,” commented The Santa Barbara Independent’s art director and the pen behind the drawings that grace this year's Summer Camp Guide. Read story.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cassandra Miasnikov

Since she started writing for The Santa Barbara Independent’s music section late last year, UCSB lit major — and published novelist! — Cassandra Miasnikov has amassed quite a clip book: more than 20 stories, including interviews with Foster the People and local boys Gardens & Villa. Read story.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Target Audience

When cover story author Tyler Hayden was 12 years old — seen here on the left with his cousin and sister — he had exactly three Beanie Babies: Stinky the Skunk, Congo the Gorilla, and Bubbles the Fish. Read story.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Julia Clark-Riddell

Julia Clark-Riddell proved you can thrive in Santa Barbara without a car; she notably ran from a political luncheon in Montecito to the Chromatic Gate when the bus was late, backpack and notebook in tow. Read story.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Colleen Flaherty

Intern Colleen Flaherty is as Irish as anyone of Irish-Italian descent could be: “I have yet to go to a family party where potatoes aren't served (and a Guinness isn't poured). Read story.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pups and Players

The Santa Barbara Independent’s sports chieftain, John Zant, and Barry Punzal and John Dvorak, the gents of, have collectively logged just under a century of professionally watching basketball. Read story.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Expertly Wrangled

When Megan Packard-Hillegas journeyed to South Africa, it was to see elephants (including Rambo here), lions, giraffes, zebras, hippos, water buffaloes, cheetahs, rhinos, monkeys, warthogs, and sharks — which she and her family did. Read story.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rookie on the Sticks

Santa Barbara Independent News Editor Tyler Hayden did a little drone flying in preparation for this week's cover story. Read story.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Taylor Harrison

DIY Pinterest-y stuff most interests Taylor Harrison, a fan of the color green who writes this week about the eco-friendliness of Ablitt's Fine Cleaners. Read story.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
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