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Dean M Gray


Society of Professional Journalists
Investigative Reporters and Editors

Publisher & Investigative Reporter

Desert Vortex News


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In 2014 Dean was selected Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs.

He has been published in local newspapers, magazines and hometown journals since 1968 when he first became interested in politics. Covering hyperlocal news and producing investigative reports became his specialty, mostly focused on local government such as city councils, school and health districts and politics.

The product of Dean’s written work has been valuable in exposing government corruption and mismanagement as well uncovering illegal activities and exposing government secrets. Both broadcast news on radio and television, as well as the daily newspaper, followed-up on breaking news first published with his investigative reports.

Dean exercises his art and design creativity with website development and graphic design, as a multi-media public relations consultant and as a master carpenter.

Leave It To Beaver

INKED AT NINE – the beginning

 Much thanks to…

Art Kunkin’s LA Free Press 
Paul Krasner’s The Realist

Zap Comix
Robert Crumb
Rick Griffin

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

plus the four jacks…
Jack London
Jack Kerouac
Jack Nickolson
Jack and the Beanstalk


Hilda M. Gray
Saul Alinsky
Manly P. Hall
Frank Zappa
Dion Fortune
Thomas Paine
Marcel Duchamp
Benjamin Franklin
Mae West
Sun Tzu
William Wallace
Samuel Clemens
Siddhārtha Gautama
Cynthia Santacroce
Joan of Arc
Jeff Beck


The Brotherhood of Eternal Love

for all their inspiration

Dean M Gray

Writer, Artist & Publisher at Desert Vortex News
Dean started in the newspaper business at the age of nine earning 90 cents a week walking 3 miles delivering a newspaper door to door. He then began writing his way out of a paper bag and traveling uphill.

For over 40 years Dean has been published in a variety of small newspapers and magazines. As publisher he founded an alternative city weekly newspaper in 2008 and published over 200 uninterrupted issues over 4 years to over 20,000 readers via 800 locations (and online) before selling the business.

Dean is a Master Carpenter and the author of the biography of Hilda M Gray, desert homesteader.

In 2014 he was appointed Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs, California.

Dean M Gray is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors and lives in Desert Hot Springs, California.

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