The Desert Sun

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

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


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 covers local, state, national and world news, and has developed a variety of sections over time.

The newspaper began to publish six days a week in 1948 and had their first Sunday edition on September 8, 1991. Their 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 L.A. Times, where she served as film editor and Beijing Bureau chief.[1]

See also

  • Desert Star Weekly (published in Desert Hot Springs), a weekly Coachella Valley newspaper
  • Desert Magazine (published in Palm Desert), a monthly magazine covering desert topics
  • Desert Daily Guide Magazine (published in Palm Springs), a weekly magazine covering LGBT topics for 22 years


  1. DiPierro, Amy. "Julie Makinen named top editor of Desert Sun". Desert Sun. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  • Desert Memories: Historic Images of the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs, CA: The Desert Sun. 2002. p. 128. ISBN 978-1932129014. OCLC 50674171.
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