Reporting from the Ecuadorian Amazon
Sam is a journalist, writer, and hopeless daydreamer based in San Francisco. He has been a general-assignment reporter, freelancer, columnist, and opinions editor, and his work has appeared in Vox, the San Francisco Chronicle, HuffPost, California Magazine, Medium, Nautilus, Noozhawk, North Gate Radio, The Santa Barbara Independent, and Mission Local. Among many other topics, Sam has covered Indian women's ice hockey, the preservation of natural soundscapes, the intersection of culture and mass violence, San Francisco police, wildfires, and elections from city council to Congress. In 2018, his ice hockey story won the Bernard Taper Memorial Award in Longform Journalism. In 2019, he co-taught a college course at Cal on environmental journalism. He always uses the Oxford comma.
In 2019, Sam received his master's from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he focused on narrative writing and dabbled in audio journalism. He received his bachelor’s in geography from UC Santa Barbara, where he also studied professional writing.
When not reporting or compulsively reading the news, he’s running through Golden Gate Park, noodling away at a variety of fiction projects, trying to lure a neighborhood cat into the house, rooting for LA sports teams, or putting a dent in his ever-growing queue of leisure reading.