Senior producer and correspondent with American Public Media’s investigations and documentary unit
A graduate of Swarthmore College, Samara interned with Michigan Radio while working on her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.
Of her experience at Michigan Radio, Samara said the station “offered me my first job in public radio – indeed, in any kind of media at all. I did not study journalism in college, and I had no experience working in the field. For some reason, the station decided that a completely inexperienced master’s student/waitress was a good choice for an intern, and they gave me my first foot in the door. Vince Duffy and the other reporters and editors taught me a tremendous amount about radio and about journalism, and I will be – truly – forever grateful to them.”
Samara joined American Public Media’s Investigations and Documentary unit in 2013. She has covered veterans’ issues for the Public Insight Network and worked as a reporter and producer with Radio Diaries, where she helped ordinary people tell extraordinary stories. Her work at Radio Diaries received the George Foster Peabody Award. Samara has also worked as an environmental reporter.