To my colleagues:

I’m writing to deliver the news of my resignation as Publisher of the Santa Monica Daily Press.

It’s difficult for me to put into words what the Santa Monica Daily Press has meant to me both personally and professionally over the last 14 years. I’ll be forever grateful for the professional and personal growth I’ve garnered as a result of my tenure here and the relationships I’ve forged because of my association with the SMDP.

I’ll always consider it a great privilege to have worked in support of local journalism. The men and women who’ve worked with me over the years here to report the news without bias or fear and with a loyalty to only the truth are among the best people I’ve ever known and it has been a great honor to support them in that mission.

I plan to continue my involvement and service to this community which I am so proud to call home and my next professional venture will keep me right here in town.

Santa Monica Daily Press President Ross Furukawa will re-assume the role of Publisher upon my departure.

Ensuring a smooth transition is important to me and to our organization and so I’ll be working until the end of the month, my last day will be Thursday August 31st.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know and working with all of you. My door is always open and I’ll answer any questions you have.

I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors and look forward to the continued success of the newspaper as an avid reader.


Rob Schwenker

Santa Monica Daily Press