Dean M Gray

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Society of Professional Journalists
Investigative Reporters and Editors

Publisher & Investigative Reporter

Desert Vortex News

His most recent adventure is chronicled at

Although known as a carpenter, artist, investigative reporter and writer, Dean Gray considers community activism his favorite activity and occupational description. Dean also served as Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs from January 2014 to January 2015 when he resigned.

Dean M GrayDean exercises his art and design creativity with sculpture, drawing and painting in addition to website development and graphic design. Additional work as a multi-media public relations consultant and political campaign manager is interspersed with time spent as a master carpenter.

Recently Dean appeared on the Judge Judy television show seen by 10 million people where he won a judgement of false arrest after his stopping someone from drunk driving. The Riverside County district attorney refused to prosecute Dean and the television show can be seen on YouTube.

Dean Gray has been published in local newspapers, magazines and hometown journals since 1968 when he first became interested in politics and involved in community. Over the years covering hyperlocal news and producing investigative reports became his writing 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.

Defined as the “The Most Dangerous Man in the City” of Desert Hot Springs made Dean the target of anonymous threats and the subject of misleading lies. His most articles recently expose a convicted domestic terrorist using a fake name while worming his way into local city politics. A new series examines another individual fraudulently representing himself as a security alarm contractor who plead guilty to the crime of doing business as an unlicensed contractor and guilty to falsely doing business as an alarm contractor.

News stories found at Desert Vortex News created a backlash of unsubstantiated fabrications and innuendo attempting to discredit Dean’s news reporting.

Civic leader Dot Reed offensively said Dean’s writing was equally “as damaging to the city as the gangs of murderers who roam our streets.”

His rebelliousness continues to endure.  In 2013 a special new law was enacted in the city of Desert Hot Springs for what is now known as “The Dean Gray Law.” This addition to the municipal code unconditionally prohibits use of the city seal without permission of the city council. Dean’s new series of illegal paintings is a work in progress soon to be exhibited and sold in violation of that law.

Dean is also the only world authority concerning the magic of the Desert Hot Springs Energy Vortex and is the singular certified distributor of genuine Vortex Rox.

As for spiritual matters Dean worships in The Church of Fun for which he now serves as an elder. The urge to write independently began with The Truth. He now lives both in Palm Desert [publishing Desert Vortex News] and Belmont Shore, California [Beach City News]

Leave It To Beaver


INKED AT NINE – the beginning

 Much thanks to…

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

Zap Comix and Robert Crumb and Rick Griffin

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

plus the four jacks… Jack London, Jack Kerouac, Jack Nickolson, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Hilda M. Gray, Saul Alinsky, Manly P. Hall, Uncle Bob, Frank Zappa, Dion Fortune, Hugh Wiley, Thomas Paine, Marcel Duchamp, Mike Teplanski, Benjamin Franklin, Mae West, Sun Tzu, William Wallace, Charlie Bettis, Samuel Clemens, Siddhārtha Gautama, Joan of Arc, Jeff Beck, Pamela and Russell
plus The Brotherhood of Eternal Love
for all their inspiration

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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. After 500 miles he eventually 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. Now online with over 3 million readers worldwide.

Dean is a Master Carpenter and the author of the biography of Hilda M Gray, desert homesteader. He served as Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs from January 2014 to January 2015 when he resigned.

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