Hayworth was born and reared in Wichita, Kan. He attended Missouri Southern State College in Joplin.
In summer 1994, Hayworth served an internship at the Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, where he was assigned to the city desk. While in college, he worked in the features department of the Joplin (Mo. ) Globe.
Early in his career, he worked as a business reporter at the Salina (Kan. ) Journal and as a police and courts reporter for the Benton County Daily Record.
Hayworth has three children, Peyton, 12, Ryne, 9, and Addison, 8.
Hayworth has been at the Democrat-Gazette since 1999.