Xochitl Pena and Shad Power

Desert Sun columnist Xochitl Pena is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been a journalist for more than 20 years getting her start in Lansing, Mich., covering state legislature. She’s been at The Desert Sun since 2003 and has been a beat reporter for most of the valley cities including Coachella, Indio, Indian Wells, La Quinta and Palm Springs. She is currently the Vibe and Style Columnist, making sure to stay on top of lifestyle trends and what folks across the valley are talking about. She also helps cover key events across the desert including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week, BNP Paribas Open, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach and charity events. She lives in Bermuda Dunes with her husband of 12 years and their 3-year-old dog Lucy. Shad has been a journalist for more than 20 years and uncomfortably tall for even longer. He worked in the sports department at various newspapers in his home state of Michigan before moving to the Coachella Valley in 2003. He is currently the sports columnist at The Desert Sun, where he has worked as an editor and columnist for 12 years. The Michigan State University graduate is an avid indoorsman, movie buff and world class couch potato. He lives in Bermuda Dunes with his wife of 12 years and his dog Lucy. You can almost always find him on Twitter at @shad_powers.

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