Since late 2012, the Coachella Valley Independent has been the Coachella Valley’s independent source for quality local reporting, compelling commentary and in-depth coverage of music and the arts.

You can find our award-winning journalism in our monthly print edition, distributed at more than300 locations, from Desert Hot Springs and the high desert, all the way through the Coachella Valley, and down to the Salton Sea. Of course, we’re online here each and every day at, updated regularly with breaking news, columns, music and arts features—and more. Every Monday and Thursday, our Indy Digest newsletter goes to about 5,500 inquisitive readers.

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Independent by the Numbers

(As of Nov. 15, 2021)

6,747: Number of articles published (since Oct. 25, 2012).

100: The number of print editions published (since April 2013: 98 monthlies, and two quarterlies).

4: The number of national journalism awards won by the Independent. (The 2015 Association of Alternative Newsmedia Award for arts feature, third place; the 2017 Association of Alternative Newsmedia Award for column writing, first place; the 2018 Association of Alternative Newsmedia Award for beat reporting, third place; the 2019 Association of Alternative Newsmedia Award for column writing, honorable mention).

7: The number of awards the Independent won in the 2020 California Journalism Awards—including second place for general excellence in our category. It was the first year we ever entered the contest.

2: The number of newspapers that can claim to have the California’s best arts and entertainment coverage, according to the 2020 California Journalism Awards: The Independent (non-dailies) and the Los Angeles Times (dailies).

2: The number of employees the Independent has. (Yeah, we do a lot with a little.)

20: The number of regular-ish contributors the Independent has. (And they’re amazing.)