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Kristin Scharkey is the features editor at The Desert Sun and editor-in-chief of DESERT magazine, both part of the USA Today Network.

She grew up in Southern California before attending Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and MFA in creative nonfiction. She also played softball for the Wildcats and co-founded a company to coach female athletes around the country. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago and more. She currently lives in Joshua Tree.











If you’d like to learn more, I discussed my reading and writing life on the podcast Open Book. I’ve also talked about Joshua Tree tourism on KPCC and persistence in the face of adversity on Lady Lead. I launched an events membership for DESERT magazine, and it was highlighted by INMA. Plus, I discussed the coaching company I co-founded, Be The Momentum, with Fastpitch News. As an athlete, I was interviewed about my playing career by Northwestern Magazine, OC Register, Champion Magazine and the NCAA.

I’m also a coach for the Coachella Valley Storytellers Project, and I told my story of moving to the desert for the series.