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The Desert Sun
TypeDaily newspaper
EditorJulie Makinen
Founded1927; 96 years ago (1927)
Headquarters750 N. Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA
OCLC number26432381
Free online (1934–1989)
Former logo

The Desert Sun is a local daily newspaper serving Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley in Southern California.


The Desert Sun is owned by Gannett publications since 1988 and acquired the Indio Daily News in 1990 to become the sole local newspaper.

First issued on August 5, 1927, as a weekly six-page newspaper, The Desert Sun grew with the desert communities it serves. It covers local, state, national and world news, and has developed a variety of sections over time.[1]

The newspaper began to publish six days a week in 1955 and had its first Sunday edition on September 8, 1991. Its circulation to date is 50,000 and their distribution range is in regional communities from Beaumont to Twentynine Palms to the Salton Sea.

The Desert Sun's headquarters are in Palm Springs, in an office complex built in 1991 to replace a smaller building.

The Desert Sun publishes the Desert Post Weekly, a variety entertainment paper available on every Thursday in the distribution range, as well as city-specific publications The Indio Sun, The La Quinta Sun, The Palm Springs Weekend, The Palm Desert Sun and The Cathedral City Sun.

In 2010, the second page of the primary section is known as "7 by 7:30AM", to focus on the editor's selected seven most important stories of the day. The namesake was to estimate how long it takes to read the second page in half an hour (from 7:00 am to 7:30 am).

Greg Burton served as executive editor of the paper from 2011–2018, before leaving to become executive editor of The Arizona Republic. As of October 8, 2018, the executive editor became Julie Makinen. Makinen previously worked for The Washington Post, International New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, where she served as film editor and Beijing Bureau chief.[2]

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, The Desert Sun ran its printing presses for the final time. Print editions of The Desert Sun are now printed in Phoenix at Gannett's co-owned Arizona Republic.[3]

In the 2010s, the Sun published a Spanish-Language weekly El Sol Desierto based in Coachella, California for its Hispanic/Latino readers.

Its main regional competitor is the Riverside Press-Enterprise based in Riverside, California.

See also


  1. ^ Makinen, Julie (May 21, 2021). "Desert Sun wins 35 prizes in California Journalism Awards". The Desert Sun. Retrieved 2021-05-22.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ DiPierro, Amy. "Julie Makinen named top editor of Desert Sun". The Desert Sun. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Adams, Dan (September 20, 2020). "Stop the Presses! The Desert Sun Ceases Printing at Its Palm Springs Headquarters". KMIR News. Palm Springs, California. Retrieved May 4, 2021.

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