Whether in front of a lens or carrying a camera on her shoulder, Samantha York takes pride in her ability to craft a story to uniquely engage viewers. She leads with curiosity, creativity, compassion and integrity.
Samantha serves as CBS 21 News' weekday dayside general assignment reporter. She has been awarded for her ability to adapt to the fast-paced nature
of breaking news.
Since joining the CBS 21 team in Feb. 2021, Samantha has covered gun violence in the state capital, the overdose crisis, Hurricane Ida flood damage, election audit subpoenas, the 2022 election, economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, aging infrastructure across the commonwealth and unemployment compensation issues with a new state system.
State College, PA
Samantha joined WJAC 6 News in 2018 as a weekday morning multimedia journalist.
Samantha covered stories regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in one of Pennsylvania’s hotspots for the virus. She also covered the opioid epidemic, 2020 presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Jerry Sandusky trial and the Penn State fraternity death of Timothy Piazza.
When she was not reporting in the field, Samantha could also be found producing shows and behind the anchor desk.
New York, NY
Samantha graduated Summa Cum Laude from
Rutgers University-New Brunswick in May 2017, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Gender and the Media. Upon graduation, she was hired as a production assistant at
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt where she helped produce daily stories in the studio, edit booth and as a field producer.
During her internships at the NBC News Assignment Desk and MSNBC, as well as her post-graduate position with Nightly News, Samantha covered the 2016 presidential election, nuclear tensions, hurricanes, mass shootings, wildfires, the resurgence of the #MeToo movement, gun violence protests and the opioid crisis.
New Brunswick, NJ
Outside of her internships with NBC News in college, Samantha interned with New Jersey 101.5 FM and reported as a news correspondent for
WRSU-FM Rutgers Radio. She also was a campus correspondent for RVision, BTN Student U and Lax Sports Network.
Samantha sought out opportunities in various forms of broadcasting to make her better equipped to understand the roles essential to each team.
She graduated at the top of her Journalism and Media Studies class and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society in journalism and mass communication.
Samantha realized her fascination with
the technology behind television at an early age.
She long knew her ultimate goal would be to help pave the way for future generations of journalists and leaders looking to make a difference.