About Brett Kelman

I started as The Desert Sun education reporter in February 2013, but am new to both the desert and California. I was born and raised in Florida (Go Gators!) but have spent the last six years working for a newspaper on the Pacific island of Guam. When I am not working, which is rare, I like to go hiking.

Recent Posts

Follow the trip: PSHS band lands in Bejing

The Palm Springs High School "Spirit of the Sands Band" landed in China today, launching its annual international trip. During the trip the band will tour the Great Wall, visit Tiananmen Square and March 25th, 2014

Palm Springs champ snags third place in county spelling bee

Jenna Mae Ingal, a seventh-grade student from James Workman Middle School, claimed third place in the Riverside County Spelling Bee on Tuesday. Ingal has won the Palm Springs Unified spelling c March 12th, 2014

Want a pic with Air Force One? Now’s your chance

As President Obama golfs at Sunnylands, Air Force One sits in the Palm Springs International Airport, looking a little lonely. Maybe you should pay it a visit? If you want to, now is the time. D February 15th, 2014

Obama on Saturday: Golfing at Sunnylands

After back-to-back meetings about drought and international politics on Friday, President Obama has settled on simpler plans for Saturday: Golfing with old friends. Obama does not plan to leave Sun February 15th, 2014

PDHS newspaper publishes touching tribute to slain teacher

The Spear, the student newspaper at Palm Desert High School, has published a touching tribute to Jill Thomas Grant, who police believe was murdered in December. The paper (printed with the help of Th January 31st, 2014

Palm Desert High leads nationwide vocabulary competition

A local high school currently leads a web-based vocabulary competition that stretches from coast to coast. This January, students at Palm Desert High School have learned nearly 3,700 words on Vocab January 16th, 2014

Palm Springs windmills pictured on California budget cover

On Thursday morning, Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2014-15 budget proposal, a massive document that spells out more than $155 billion of statewide spending. The budget summary spans more than 271 p January 9th, 2014

Meet the Desert Sun drone: Grounded but not forgotten

Like a classic car that is too pristine to drive, or a collectible comic book that is too valuable to be read, this is a tragic story of lost potential with a modern twist: A drone that never gets to January 8th, 2014

New Year’s Day geyser lost 430K gallons

brightcove.createExperiences(); How much water does it take to make a whole city stop and stare? Enough to last you (and a guest) until News Year’s Da January 2nd, 2014

Katherine Ann Grgich death on ‘brutal and bizarre’ crime list

brightcove.createExperiences(); The killing of a Palm Springs woman has been listed as one of the most bizarre crimes to strike Cambodia in the past year. December 30th, 2013

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