Samantha ZarekReporter

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Samantha comes to WCYB from sunny Florida, where she graduated cum laude from Stetson University. While at Stetson, she founded the university's telecommunications program, building it from the ground up. She worked as the executive producer of her school's news broadcasting station, and periodically wrote feature articles for The Reporter, Stetson's newspaper/magazine.

During college, Samantha also worked as a media relations and events assistant at Daytona International Speedway. She is a big race fan, and is excited to report from Bristol Motor Speedway.

Samantha began her news career as an intern at WFFT Local - Fox 55 in Fort Wayne Indiana, where she worked alongside their multimedia journalists and anchors. She then completed a second internship at WESH 2 News, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. While at WESH, she gained well-rounded experience in producing, editing, and reporting. She has covered stories like the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre and Hurricane Matthew.

Originally from northern Virginia, Samantha is excited to begin her on-air career closer to home here in the beautiful Tri-Cities area. If you have story ideas, concerns that you would like addressed, or general comments, please reach out to her anytime by email at