Originally from Chicago, her love for telling stories led her to pursue a Bachelor's and Master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Prior to moving to North Carolina, Samantha worked as an investigative reporter in Myrtle Beach. During her time at the beach, she covered Hurricane Florence and Dorian and won awards for her investigation into the rape kit backlog in South Carolina.
She's worked with the investigative teams at CNBC in New York City and NBC 5 Chicago.
Samantha worked abroad in Brussels, Belgium with Reuters covering European politics and helped fact check news in the United States during her time with PolitiFact.
When she's not in the newsroom, Samantha is always looking for the next adventure. You'll likely find her exploring local hiking paths, trying a new restaurant or planning her next travel expedition.
She's a big math nerd and is thrilled to be able to combine her love for data and passion for people to shed light on key issues and tell stories that make change in North Carolina.
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'We just can't reach everybody': Contact tracers' role changes as pandemic reaches new heights
Instead of pinpointing where the virus came from, contact tracers are working to be resources.
Monthly tax credits end, leaving some NC families forced to make cuts
January is the first time in six months that eligible North Carolina families will not receive a child tax credit.
Body camera footage detailing moments after Jason Walker's death released
The City of Fayetteville released four minutes of body camera footage from the police officers who responded to the shooting of Jason Walker.
Ethics commission dismisses allegations against Fayetteville Police Chief
The Fayetteville Ethics Commission dismissed all alleged ethic violations regarding Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins.
Body camera footage in Jason Walker case will be released; activists want charges filed
A Cumberland County judge ruled that body camera footage detailing the moments following Jason Walker's death can be publicly released.
Officer-involved shootings in North Carolina decreased in 2021 but incidents remain high
Thirty-seven people were killed in shootings that involved a North Carolina law enforcement officer in 2021, according to data from the National Gun Archive.
As rental assistance funds dwindle, programs pause applications
The Cumberland County and City of Fayetteville's Rental Assistance Program (RAP) will not accept new applications for rental or utility assistance.
Fayetteville Ethics Commission to review complaint against Police Chief Hawkins
The Fayetteville Ethics Commission will hear a complaint filed against Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Fire officials warn of dangers of space heaters following deadly NYC fire
NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said five people have died in North Carolina from fires so far in 2022. Last year 134 North Carolinians died in a fire.
A third of NC nursing homes report staff shortages as pandemic enters third year
As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, nursing homes across the state are feeling the effects.
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