David Sommers is publisher of the Long Beach Post. As our publication’s top leader, he is responsible for everything from editorial and advertising to technical and corporate operations. On any given day, you can find him meeting with advertisers, schmoozing with city leaders and poring over tough news decisions. He’s also responsible for fixing the copy machine, setting up officer furniture and keeping the newsroom well-stocked with paper towels and coffee pods. Prior to joining the Post, David served as the chief communications executive for the County of Los Angeles and as communications director for retired Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. Journalism has long been his passion. As editor of his college newspaper at Cal State Sacramento, David was one of the youngest journalists ever to be held in contempt of court in California for refusing to turn over unpublished photos taken during a fight at a football game. His efforts earned him the James Madison Freedom of Information Prize. David went on to work as a producer for NBC News in Idaho and Oregon, where he was nominated for three Emmy Awards. When he’s not obsessing over local news, you can find David traveling around the country visiting presidential libraries (he's visited 11 out of 13 so far). David lives in Bixby Knolls with his wife and two young children.