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The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)

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The Desert Sun was first published Aug. 5, 1927, as a free weekly newspaper printed in Banning and staffed by one person, Carl Barkow. The newspaper's first Palm Springs office was in the Palm Springs Water Company facilities. The newspaper then sold for 5 cents or $2.50 for a year's subscription.

Barkow sold the newspaper to Oliver Jaynes in 1946. Shortly thereafter, the newspaper went to twice-weekly publication and, for the first time, it was printed in Palm Springs. In 1955 The Desert Sun became a Monday-through-Friday daily and The Desert Sun Publishing Co. was formed. In 1988, The Desert Sun switched from afternoon to morning publication. The Indio Daily News, first published in 1912 as the weekly Indio Date Palm, was consolidated with The Desert Sun in 1990. In 1991, the newspaper added a Sunday edition.


About Palm Springs

Though Palm Springs today is known as a luxurious vacation spot where many of Hollywood’s biggest names once played, the city is just one part of a valley of unique communities stretching eastern from the snow-capped San Jacinto mountains. The area attracts more than just retirees, including a wealth of young professionals and families who benefit from the clean air and blue skies.

The Palm Springs market is composed of nine cities and several unincorporated communities, each offering a wide variety of housing for all income levels. Since 1981, the population has more than doubled, bringing the median age of the valley to 36. Of particular interest is the fact that this area, occupying only 640 square miles, boasts more than 96 golf courses.

Prestigious events and hometown festivals contribute to the market’s mystique and economy, having more than a $90 million economic impact. These include nationally televised, corporate-sponsored events such as golf's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Tournament and the Newsweek Champions Cup and Evert Cup tennis tournaments, as well as popular local events such as the Indio International Tamale Festival, the La Quinta Arts Festival and the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. Other noteworthy events are the Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival, The Skins Game and The Agua Caliente Heritage Festival.

Population: 273,493

Median family household income:: $33,384

Median age: 38.3

Key area colleges: College of The Desert, California State University San Bernardino satellite campus. (California State University San Bernardino is 60 miles west, as is University of California Riverside)

Work and Life Resources

The Desert Sun offers resources to help employees balance work and personal responsibilities. Below is a partial list of resources:

  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Adoption Assistance Program
  • Excellent Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Gannett Foundation Matchmaker Program
  • Gannett Foundation Scholarships
  • Promotion from within when Possible
  • Gannett Spending Account
Employee Relations

Our success depends upon high-performing, creative and innovative people working together, building a team.
We provide a range of benefits available to our employees. Our compensation and benefits program is designed to attract and retain excellent people.

  • Comprehensive Medical, Vision , Dental
  • Disability and Survivor Benefits
  • 401K and Pension Plan
  • Gannett Stock Purchase Plan
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, Sick Time
  • Recruitment Bonus
Our Mission Statement

We will fulfill our internal and external customers expectations by treating each other and our customers with respect and by taking personal accountability for all of our actions.

We will succeed through our commitment to high standards of performance with emphasis on valuing employees, teamwork, action and innovation.

We will maximize resources and new technologies to aggressively add value to our information and distribution network.

We will strengthen our position as a dominant provider and distributor of news and information to residents and visitors of the Coachella Valley.

We will identify high potential market segments and direct strategies to those niches that expand our customer base.

Our Operating Philosophy

Core to our philosophy, we:

  • treat each other with respect, value our differences and have a mutual
    agreement to act with honesty and integrity.

  • foster openness, innovative thinking and adaptability and view mistakes as
    learning opportunities.

  • value the safety and well being of our workforce, including balance between
    work and home.

  • make decisions for the company and meet the needs of our customers based on our shared vision of the future.

We listen to our customers and improve our products and services to meet their needs.

We have a dynamic, innovative and creative growth environment offering opportunities for advancement. We realize that our employees are an integral part of the success of The Desert Sun.


The Desert Sun believes that diversity enriches our performance and product, the communities in which we live and work and the lives of our employees. Our workforce reflects the growing diversity of our communities.

At The Desert Sun we have established a number of initiatives to promote diversity within our own organization and to demonstrate this commitment to our community.

The Desert Sun, as a member of the Gannett newspapers, recognizes its success in recruiting, hiring and advancement of women and minorities through its "Partners in Progress" program. The program encompasses more than race and gender - it focuses on such diversity issues as changing demographics, discrimination and harassment, new legislation, work/life matters and the "glass ceiling".

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Desert Sun is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our employment practices are conducted in manner that does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of age, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.

To be the best requires that we retain and recruit the best available talent. To do that, we provide an atmosphere where diversity of people and ideas is welcomed and valued.

The Desert Sun, located in Palm Springs, California, is the Coachella Valley's premier source for news and information on and around the Coachella Valley. If it impacts the lives of the people of the Coachella Valley, they know they can find it in Desert Sun products such as:

  • The Desert Sun daily newspaper
  • The Desert Post Weekly
  • Desert Magazine
  • The Desert Cities Vacation Guide, and the

Call us

(760) 322-8889

Write us

The Desert Sun

P.O. Box 2734

Palm Springs, CA 92263

Visit us

750 N. Gene Autry Trail

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: (760) 322-8889