Samantha-Jo joined the Washington Bureau in May 2016. Before relocating to the nation’s capital, 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 from Arizona to Washington D.C. As a student, she 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.
She completed a political journalism program through the Fund for American Studies in Washington D.C., where she found her passion for Capitol Hill reporting as an intern for CBS News and Time Warner Cable’s D.C. bureau. She also interned for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, where she served as a special correspondent, producing several stories about student loans.