Samara Sodos, an award-winning journalist, is proud to return to TODAY’S TMJ4, where her TV news career began in 1995.
A Milwaukee native, TMJ4 offered Sam her very first break in the business: working overnights writing scripts for "Daybreak." Now Sam returns to report for "Live at Daybreak" and anchor "Live at Noon" with Vince Vitrano.
Sam spent most of her career at WFLA-TV in Tampa, FL - arriving just as the 2000 presidential election recount gripped the nation. During her 12 years reporting in Florida, Sam chased hurricanes, specialized in military coverage during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and followed dozens of battleground political campaigns, including Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio. A political junkie, she fulfilled a lifelong dream while covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Sam specialized in courts and cops, covering high-profile crimes and court cases including Terri Schiavo, Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin.
Her investigations resulted in reforms to the state legal system, changes to city laws, and the resignation of city leaders. Her work garnered dozens of top journalistic honors including regional Emmy awards, and local and national Edward R. Murrow awards.
Sam also covered a slew of big sporting events in the Tampa Bay area, including a Stanley Cup win, a World Series run, and a Super Bowl win - not to mention the city's hosting of two Super Bowls, which is “easily the most fun you can have on the job,” according to Sam.
On a weekly basis, Sam wrote articles and columns for the Tampa Tribune and its online contributor TBO.com.
Before Tampa, Sam spent four years at the NBC affiliate in Roanoke, VA. During her time there, she covered a hospital baby switch case that made international headlines, several David Duke rallies and a series of Jerry Falwell controversies. She also reported from the White House lawn about school shootings and internet predators.
Sam also had a few stints working in government - first as a press aide and scheduler for Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl, and most recently as the Director of Public Relations for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country.
During her career, Sam frequently freelanced for NBC news and also wrote for The Jerusalem Post, while living abroad in Israel.
Sam is a graduate of Nicolet High school in Glendale and a proud alum of UW-Madison where she majored in Journalism. She is truly excited to be back home.
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