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.
What NC can learn about mail-in voting from states that have done it for years
As the 2020 election inches closer, concerns and arguments are being heard across the country over mail-in voting.
Make your vote count by avoiding these common absentee ballot mistakes
Thousands of votes aren't counted each year due to voters making common mistakes on their absentee ballots.
COVID-19 testing volumes vary across North Carolina counties
North Carolina has ramped up testing across the state for months, but new data reveals not every county is reporting the same volume of testing.
Percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in North Carolina dips to 5%, Dr. Cohen credits mask mandate
"You can see how much hard work it has taken to get close to 5%. It takes hard work to stay there as well."
COVID-19 cases at North Carolina universities cause county totals to spike
In mid-August, as the rest of the state started to stabilize, Orange County saw a sharp spike in cases--in the week of August 19, cases rose 15%. The following week, that rate of increase more than doubled to 34%.
Black drivers stopped, searched by police at disproportionate rate in central North Carolina
The ABC11 I-Team in collaboration with ABC-Owned TV Stations analyzed more than 400,000 traffic stops made by Raleigh and Durham police from 2014-2020 to find Black drivers are disproportionately stopped and searched by officers.
Here's an inside look at how Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools prepared for back-to-school amid COVID-19 pandemic
Months before any back-to-school guidance was issued, officials at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools knew there were 'daunting challenges' ahead.
'So much bigger than COVID': Lumbee Tribe combats virus in county with 3rd highest percent positive tests in NC
To date, Robeson County is reporting 15% of tests are positive--the third highest rate in the state.
Billions of dollars at risk as North Carolina's 2020 Census response rate lags behind rest of US
As the deadline for the 2020 Census looms in the distance, the state is predicting it will lose around $7.4 billion a year if more residents don't respond soon.
NC in the 'red zone,' but metrics are improving, White House Coronavirus Task Force report shows
The number of COVID-19 cases reported each day is dropping, but leaders say there's still work to do in North Carolina.
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