About Samantha

A writer outstanding in her field.

My writing roots are in the ink-stained caffeinated trenches of hyperlocal community journalism where everyone has to do a little (or a lot) of everything – from photography to page design to writing. Lots, and lots, of writing. On deadline. While dodging the stink-eye of locals at the post office.

I believe small towns have big stories and have the journalism awards to prove it, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, one of the highest journalism honors in the nation.

I have worked for publications from McMurdo Station, Antarctica to southwestern Colorado and beyond as a reporter, columnist, contributor, and editor. A true generalist, I have covered everything from mining fatalities to spider sex to murder trials, and have interviewed world-class scientists and some of the biggest names in alpinism.

As a freelancer, I also write commissioned projects for clients large and small. (Please reach out if you have a project you’d like to discuss!)

Along the way I have raised a pair of gorgeous feisty redheads with my husband and dodged tourists, moose, and avalanches while commuting over one of the most dangerous and beautiful mountain passes in the United States.

Wildflower meadows are my happy place.

I received a Sigma Delta Chi Award at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. for my deadline coverage of a fatal mining accident.