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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. Although known as a carpenter, artist, investigative reporter and writer, Dean Gray considers community activism his favorite activity, which has gained him a distinct and unusual notoriety.

Dean exercises his art and design creativity with sculpture, drawing and painting in addition to website development and graphic design as well as working as a multi-media public relations consultant with occasional time spent as a master carpenter.

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

Dean Gray has been published in local newspapers, magazines and hometown journals since 1968 when he first became interested in politics. Over the years 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.

His writing defines Dean Gray as the “The Most Dangerous Man in the City” of Desert Hot Springs making him the target of anonymous threats and the subject of misleading lies. His articles recently exposed convicted domestic terrorist using a fake name while working his way into local city politics.

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 of the Desert Hot Springs Energy Vortex and is the only 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.

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, and Hilda M. Gray, Saul Alinsky, Manly P. Hall, Frank Zappa, Dion Fortune, Hugh Wiley, Thomas Paine, Marcel Duchamp, Mike Teplanski, Benjamin Franklin, Mae West, Sun Tzu, William Wallace, Samuel Clemens, Siddhārtha Gautama, Joan of Arc, Jeff Beck, Pamela 1 & 2 plus 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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