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Samantha York is a Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy and Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award-Winning General Assignment Reporter

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Harrisburg, PA

Samantha moved to Harrisburg in Feb. 2021.

She serves as CBS 21 News' weekday dayside reporter and 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, residents searching for available vaccines during the first few months of the rollout, the Justo Smoker and Raymond Rowe trials, aging infrastructure across the commonwealth and unemployment compensation issues with a new system.

State College, PA

Samantha joined the WJAC 6 News team in 2018 as a weekday morning multimedia journalist. 

She 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.

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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 desk assistant at 

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt where she helped produce stories daily.

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 sideline reporter for RVisionBTN Student U and Lax Sports Network.​​


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.

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