About Gloria Greer

GLORIA GREER, respected and honored print and TV journalist, currently edits The Social Life section of Palm Springs Life magazine and hosts and produces two new television shows for PBS in Southern California as well as continuing her Time Warner Cable series, now starting its 14th year.

"Exploring The Arts": originally seen on KCET Desert Cities, is now in its 4th year on KVCR TV, the Inland Empire PBS Affiliate. Exploring The Arts is an in depth look at the exploding art scene in Southern California with emphasis on the Coachella Valley. Recent shows have focused on Palm Springs Art Museum, Coachella Valley History Museum, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and Palm Springs Air Museum. "Classic Conversations", seen on KVCR TV, looks back at interviews Ms. Greer has conducted over the years with some of the most important and entertaining people of our time.  "Conversations With Gloria Greer" on Time Warner Cable Desert Cities is seen four times a week and repeated 24/7 on Desert Cities On Demand. Her guests have ranged from Benjamin Netanyahu and Walter Cronkite to Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Merv Griffin, Rita Rudner, and Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

Greer’s extensive background in print and electronic media includes 25 years as entertainment editor and anchor of the nightly NBC affiliate, KMIR TV 6, editor and publisher of Sand To Sea magazine founded in 1974 by her mother Mrs. Lew Landers (widow of film director Lew Landers) and sold to Palm Springs Life in 1999, columnist and feature writer for the Pulitzer Prize winning Press-Enterprise for more than 20 years, columnist for Daily Variety, critic and columnist for Variety (weekly), correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, Newsweek News Service, Associated Press, and Town and Country Magazine where one of her contributions was a 23-page by-line spread on the Coachella Valley.

She is the daughter of the late composer and Broadway producer Anatole Friedland and her step-father was the late film and Emmy nominated television director Lew Landers. She comes by her journalism talent naturally - her great aunt was a journalist on the New York World, at the time a major New York City newspaper, and one of her great uncles was an editor at the Frankfurter Zeitung, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Greer’s large following is proved by her induction into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences prestigious Silver Circle for her contributions to the television industry; named one of the women “We Most Want to Watch” by the Desert Post Weekly; recipient of the California Hispanic Print Media Award; recipient of the Television Personality of the Year Award by the Sun City Community Association. Desert Business Achievement Awards’ “Spirit of the Valley” Award; the Spiritual Life Ministries Award; the prestigious Athena Award as Entrepreneur of the Year from the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce; named “Patriot of the Year” by the Association of Naval Aviation for a two part series she filmed from the aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln; first journalist to receive a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars; “Good Samaritan of the Year award, (an honor she shared with Mrs. William- Powell); recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award from The American Friends of Hebrew University; and the first recipient of the Palm Springs Woman’s Press Club’s “Press Woman of the Year.”  In 2011, she was honored with a prestigious Broken Glass Award from Palm Springs Women In Film & Television.

Greer is the mother of twin daughters, Ann and Norma, and has two grandsons. She has served on numerous philanthropic and civic committees and currently is on the board of directors of the Palm Springs Air Museum, the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and is founding president of ACT for MS which she formed after one of her daughters was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999.

Greer’s community service has introduced her to increased fans and viewers. She was founding – president of the desert chapter of Merv Griffin’s Childhelp USA in Beaumont, founding member of the Palm Springs Chapter of National Charity League; founding board member of Friends of the Philharmonic, Campaign Committee member of the Children’s Discovery Museum, and member of the Junior League advisory board  when it was established in the Coachella Valley.  She firmly believes that true success can only be measured by the degree in which one is able to help those who are not as fortunate as she has been and that an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts, performing and visual, enriches all of our lives.

"Journalist Gloria Greer has interviewed the world’s most interesting and entertaining individuals. Her stories about their personal lives (from President John Kennedy to Elvis Presley) and anecdotes about world icons amuse and delight audiences."

- Alex Dreier (veteran newsman)



  • Perception & Deception
  • Hot romance in the hot desert
  • History of PS & surrounding areas
  • US Presidents & world leaders who had an impact on PS, the desert & the nation.
  • Vast changes in journalism – its effect on our world
  • Growth of fine art & its early development in the desert
  • Sports heroes & what they learned in PS & its neighboring cities
  • Memories of the famed Racquet Club – frovm Marilyn Monroe to Bobby Kennedy
  • Why balmy desert nights inspire great music
  • Insight into personal lives of desert celebrities, past and present
  • Giving and more giving – The philanthropy of Frank, Bob, Walter & Barry

Some of those who have been entertained, amused and given food for serious thought by Gloria Greer are:

  • Navy League
  • Chambers of Commerce           
  • Rotary Clubs 
  • Riverside Art Association
  • Executive Women’s Golf Association
  • Conventions
  • Wonderful World of Women, Sun City
  • Temple Isaiah Lecture Group
  • Temple Isaiah Men’s Group
  • Temple Isaiah Sisterhood 
  • Moderator Palm Springs Air Museum
  • Moderator – Camelot Theatres
  • Elvis Week ’09 – Canon Center for Performing Arts, MC
  • Cal State University San Bernardino, Desert Campus
  • Historic Society of Palm Desert


(From a Respected Fan!)


Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


DATE:  September 13, 2012      VIA EMAIL


TO:                  Gloria Greer

FROM:            Howard P. Marguleas

COPIES:          Betty Barker / Ardith Marguleas



Gloria, for the many decades I have known you, I have always admired and respected you enormously as a highly talented and skilled journalist.  You would rate among the very best that I have ever encountered.

Yet I must admit I truly was never exposed to your oratory skills.  You are absolutely brilliant!  Your presentation was by far the most stimulating and educational delivery I have ever heard from attending a dozen or more lecture series at Cal State San Bernardino.  In fact, your performance would absolutely rate among the best and most skilled deliveries that I have ever heard given anywhere at any time or place.  My friend, you are a brilliant speaker and Tuesday evening, September 11, was my first opportunity to be able to personally acknowledge this impressive fact.

Keep up your great work.  You are a treasure!

Warmest personal regards to you in which Ardith joins me.




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Appearance Date Title Event Location
Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 8:00am Part of a distinguished press panel The Indian Wells Club

Part of a distinguished press panel sponsored by Palm Springs Women In Film and Television. The Indian Wells Club.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 3:00pm "Do You Feel The Loving?" (from The Lion King) Coachella Valley

Chairman of the ACT for MS spring event honoring composer, pianist and recording artist John Bayless featuring the music of Elton John.  Phone 760 773-9806 for reservations. Benefits ACT for MS providing life changing services for those who have... Read More

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 3:00pm Dinner with Gloria Greer Melvyn's in Palm Springs

"Dinner with Gloria Greer" at Melvyn's in Palm Springs.  6:00 PM dinner followed by presentation by Greer of friendship and experiences with 3 extraordinary women - Betty Ford, Leonore Annenberg, and Dolores Hope. Part of Mel Haber's "Dinner With... Read More

Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 2:00pm Christmas Tree Lane Benefit Gardens on El Paseo - the lawn in front of Saks Fifth Avenue

Christmas Tree Lane Benefiting ACT for MS Launch Party at the Gardens on El Paseo - the lawn in front of Saks Fifth Avenue. Party in partnership with the Gardens on El Paseo and El Paseo Village - 5 PM - $20 donation - 760-773-9806 for... Read More

Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 8:30pm Dennis James Humanitarian Award Rancho Las Palmas Resort

Recipient Dennis James Humanitarian Award - UCP (United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire) Life Without Limits Luncheon at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort - 11:30 a.m.

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 8:30am First Women's Philanthropy Agua Caliente Casino Resort

Moderator - First Women's Philanthropy Giving Symposium sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at Agua Caliente Casino Resort - 11:30 a.m.  Guests: Annette Bloch, Helene Galen, Barbara Keller

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 3:00pm Red Carpet Interviews Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs

Red Carpet Interviews for the Emmy Awards Fundraiser for the Carol Channing and Harry Kullujian Foundation for the Arts at Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 9:00am Interviewed stage, screen and TV actress Ruta Lee Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Interviewed stage, screen and TV actress Ruta Lee at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre's Luminary Luncheon at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Luncheon at 12 noon followed by Q & A with Greer and Lee.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 9:00pm Interviewed TV actress Lindsay Wagner Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Luminary Luncheon

Interviewed TV actress and wellness entrepreneur Lindsay Wagner at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Luminary Luncheon.


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