Samantha Kummerer - Investigating Producer at ABC11 WTVD
Samantha joined the ABC 11 Investigative team in April 2020 as a reporter and producer.

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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Samantha's Stories
Weekly governors' report shows NC back in the 'red zone' for COVID-19 cases
According to a weekly White House report for governors, North Carolina has moved back into the "red zone" for COVID-19 cases, meaning the state is reporting more than 100 cases per 100,000 people per week.
Despite increase in early voting locations, access remains difficult for some
More than 470 early voting locations opened their doors to North Carolinians on Thursday, however getting to those sites won't be easy for every voter.
Emails show faculty, health officials expressed concern over UNC-Chapel Hill's COVID-19 plan before August reopening
Emails show students and faculty recommendations went unimplemented as officials executed a reopening plan largely created before cases spiked throughout the state.
Zip codes with large percentage of historically marginalized communities test for COVID-19 more often in NC
Eight of the 10 zip codes that performed the highest number of COVID-19 tests in the state have a higher percentage of Black or Latino residents than the statewide average.
Which district votes the least in North Carolina?
More than 2.6 million voting-aged North Carolina residents did not cast a ballot in 2016, an analysis by ABC11 reveals. Two years ago, those numbers were worse the 2018 midterm election revealed less than half of possible voters participated statewide.
COVID-19 cases still increasing in nursing homes as officials loosen visitor restrictions
"The biggest risk factor for dying from COVID is being older, having a comorbid condition, having another condition that puts you at risk and then being in congregate living. So when you put those three things together, that is "nursing home" in bright lights."
How much do touchless thermometers protect you from COVID-19?
In March, health officials touted fever as one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Now, six months later, new research shows fever isn't the predominant symptom.
As election nears, campaigns spend millions on TV ads, and millions more on Facebook
With just about one month to go before Election Day, fresh estimates are forecasting a campaign cycle worth $6.7 billion, including hundreds of millions of dollars pouring into advertising on myriad media platforms.
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.