Team Smitzer

For this year’s wedding issue, longtime Indy arts writer Elizabeth Schwyzer decided to go all in and get married, just so she could write about it. Read story.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Molly Christison

When word got out in her writing class that The Santa Barbara Independent was looking for food writing interns, UCSB senior Molly Christison was the first to respond. Read story.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Peter Vandenbelt

"It was incredible to see and listen to people responsible for my favorite films," said photo intern Peter Vandenbelt, who covered the red carpet at most every event of the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival for us. Read story.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sarah Sinclair

You'd never guess that Sarah Sinclair found her new love in a San Diego bar on a Sunday morning, but it's true. Read story.

Thursday, February 6, 2014


In 2012, when we were already in the habit of publishing dozens of filmmaker interviews online at during our town's annual film fest, Senior Editor Matt Kettmann (back right) had the wacky idea to start printing condensed versions as mini-magazines. Read story.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nick Welsh

Anyone can write about what is there; it takes a real pro to write about what isn't. Read story.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

St. Joe

In what felt like a never-ending battle over ownership of The Santa Barbara Independent, the paper's angel has long been Joe Cole. Read story.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Geoff Minger

Videographer Geoff Minger emailed this radiant image, taken on "one of the last beautiful, balmy days of 2013," he told us. Read story.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Matt Kettmann

Years ago, when Senior Editor Matt Kettmann first heard the Rusacks were planting a vineyard on Catalina with decades-old grapevines from Santa Cruz Island, he was immediately intrigued, as it combined three of his favorite things: history, wine, and the Channel Islands. Read story.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Paul Wellman

"Don't you want a real photographer?" was Paul Wellman's response to Indy Editor in Chief Marianne Partridge when she tapped him in 2002 to take over the reins as the paper’s sole staff shooter. Read story.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ginny Chung

As a junior at UCSB, Ginny Chung was looking for something different when she applied to intern in The Santa Barbara Independent’s calendar department. Read story.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Katya Shirokow and Rick Rosenthal

The Santa Barbara Independent found itself in the Peruvian jungle recently, thanks to Montecito residents Katya Shirokow and three-time Emmy winner Rick Rosenthal, engaged couple and business partners who have traveled all over the world in the name of wildlife filmmaking. Read story.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Teisha Rowland

When Teisha Rowland was a grad student researching stem cells at UCSB in 2009, she started what became a popular column for called Biology Bytes. Read story.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rachel Gantz

When someone begins a new job, typically they are allotted some “learning curve” time. Read story.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tommy Russo

Maui Time publisher Tommy Russo put out a 3-D issue back in 2010, and so he proved quite helpful when The Indy came calling for tips and advice for our own multidimensional celebration of the 2013 Best of Santa Barbara® Readers' Poll. Read story.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
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