Our Team

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 seen by the people impacted.

Senior Leadership Team

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Kendall Balchan


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.

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Mark Talkington

Editor 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 news professional at newspapers and online news media sites serving local, national, and international audiences. Since 2002 he has been a news editor and social media director for the homepage of Microsoft’s MSN.com. Prior to that he was a founding editor at ESPN.com, where he worked after leaving his last newspaper, The Desert Sun. At The Sun he worked the Sports desk and News desk before ending his career there as Page 1 editor.

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