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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Despite incentives, fewer North Carolinians vaccinated each week
A week after Governor Roy Cooper announced major incentives to get North Carolinians vaccinated, the ABC11 I-Team found the number of first doses administered are still trending down.
Bills that would adjust North Carolina election system drawing criticism from voting advocates
The bill drawing the most criticism is SB326, which eliminates the state's three-day window for accepting mail-in ballots.
As COVID-19 cases creep up in some states, NC trends remain steady
While North Carolina's metrics are overall remaining stable, the state is still reporting the 15th worst vaccination rate, based on CDC data.
Some North Carolina parents push for cameras in classrooms to protect students with disabilities
At least three other states, including Texas, West Virginia and Georgia have passed laws allowing or requiring cameras in specific classrooms.
North Carolina parents, education advocates frustrated with end of grade tests
Despite an unusual school year, parents, teachers and students experienced a bit of normalcy in the last few weeks: end of grade standardized tests.
North Carolina counties with the highest risk for severe COVID-19 lagging in vaccination efforts
For counties with a higher prevalence of smoking, diabetes, obesity and premature death, the average vaccination rate is 35%.
Troubleshooter helps Raleigh woman get unemployment after waiting more than 220 days
At the end of September of 2020, Briana Headen lost her job at the bakery where she worked.
Restaurant reservations up 86% from last Memorial Day, OpenTable data says
The unofficial start to summer kicked off with a welcomed win for restaurant owners across North Carolina - an increase in reservations.
New tool tackles vaccine hesitancy with self reflection, not bombardment of information
A Durham company hopes to tackle vaccine hesitancy in a new way.
'A disgrace': Military families feel betrayed after insurance changes affect children with autism
As of May 1, Tricare added limitations and restrictions to ABA therapy, particularly in schools and community settings, severely affecting many families with children with special needs.
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