Samantha-Jo joined NY1/Spectrum News' Washington DC bureau in October 2017. She serves as an on-air correspondent, reporting for Spectrum 24-hour news stations across the country from the nation's capital.
Before relocating to Washington, Samantha-Jo traveled across the nation reporting on the 2016 presidential election for Huffington Post. Her assignments took her from the Iowa Caucus to the New Hampshire Primary along with contests in six additional states. Her work has appeared on a variety of news programs including: ABCNews.com, CNN.com, Washington Week and CBS Evening News.
Samantha-Jo’s career began in Des Moines, Iowa where she served as political reporter for WOI-TV. She grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College at the University of Arizona, with a degree in political science and a minor in international reporting.
Samantha-Jo has gained valuable journalism experience in newsrooms across the country, starting with her internship with the local NBC affiliate in Tucson, KVOA. She completed a political journalism program through the Fund for American Studies in Washington D.C., where she covered Capitol Hill as an intern for CBS News and Time Warner Cable’s D.C. bureau. She also interned for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.
A major highlight of Samantha-Jo’s time spent in Washington was the hands-on experience covering the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Other highlights include: the State of the Union, and the controversial Supreme Court cases; Shelby County v. Holder, Hollingsworth v. Perry & United States v. Windsor. She also served as a special correspondent for PBS, producing an exclusive piece for the website about student loans.
Samantha-Jo served as a host and content producer for UA+, a show about and for the University of Arizona community, which aired on Arizona Public Media (KUAT). While at the University of Arizona, Samantha-Jo investigated the complexities of protecting the Arizona-Mexico border and reported on major breaking news stories surrounding Arizona’s immigration laws, as well as the passage of Arizona’s controversial religious freedom law, Senate Bill 1062.
Samantha-Jo’s passion for journalism and storytelling has been developed through her involvement in performing arts. She has had extensive theatrical and vocal training, which enhances her skills as a broadcast journalist.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking and practicing yoga.
"Telling a memorable story painted with words, sounds and images is my passion. Everyday, I pick up a camera and a tripod, aiming to create content viewers will remember long after the newscast is over."