The Palm Springs Post is an independent news outlet dedicated to serving the community of Palm Springs — and only Palm Springs — with 100% original news reporting. It is owned and operated by your neighbors (profiled below) who saw gaps in our city’s news coverage and believed our community deserved better. The Post has no paywall, meaning readers do not have to pay to access stories. It is our belief that vital information needs to be available free of charge for the people impacted to read.


Kendall Balchan

Managing Editor

Kendall was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and brings deep local knowledge and context to every story. Before joining The Post she spent three years as a producer and investigative reporter at NBC Palm Springs. She attended both College of the Desert and the University of Oregon. She joined The Post in February 2022. As managing editor, Kendall helps set our overall editorial strategy, reports on events in our community, and will usually be the person who answers when you reply to emails from us or reach out to the editor.

Amanda Ulrich

News Editor

Amanda is The Post’s news editor, as well as an award-winning independent journalist. Over the past seven years, her articles have been published by USA Today, PBS, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Outside Magazine and Palm Springs Life, among others. Amanda also worked as a reporter for The Desert Sun from 2020 to 2022, winning five California Journalism Awards. As our news editor, she produces The Post’s newsletters, edits articles and manages the events calendar.

Mark Talkington

Publisher and Founder

Mark first moved to the Coachella Valley in 1994 and is currently a Palm Springs resident. He has more than three decades of experience as a newsroom leader at newspapers and digital media sites including ESPN, MSN, and The Desert Sun. He launched The Post in February 2021.


We believe all Palm Springs residents deserve nonpartisan, unbiased coverage of the issues they care about. The Post aims to provide that by producing high-quality, objective local journalism that informs public decision-making, addresses the quality of life of our community’s citizens, holds our policymakers accountable, and tells our readers’ stories by listening to them and making sure they are valued and understood. In all that we do, earning the trust and respect of our audience is paramount. Our reporting will always be free to all.


The Palm Springs Post acknowledges the Cahuilla People as the original stewards of the land on which The Palm Springs Post now sits.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the indigenous people in this place.  We pay our respect to the Cahuilla People past, present and emerging who have been here since time immemorial.


The Palm Springs Post is a member of LION (Local Independent Online News Publishers), the Indiegraf network of independent publishers, CalMatters, Online News Association (ONA), and other organizations working to promote local ownership of news outlets. The Post’s editor is a member of and adheres to the guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).


The Post and its editorial staff adhere to the code of ethics of the SPJ. How we deal with errors and omissions in our reporting is important to maintaining our integrity and the trust of readers and sources. When The Post publishes an error, we will acknowledge it and take appropriate steps to correct it as quickly as possible, both online and on our social media platforms. Readers who wish to alert us to errors and omissions can email us at [email protected]


The Palm Springs Post and its parent company, Valley Voice Media, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.


The Palm Springs Post mailing address is:
P.O. Box 596
Palm Springs, CA 92263

Our business phone/text is: 760-968-0081

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