My parents named me Samantha but since then, I’ve answered to many variations of this name–the most common being Sam or Sammi (note the two Ms and I instead of a Y or IE). For the most part, I don’t mind. Samantha is a long name (I know, three whole syllables, practically a mouthful). What I do mind is when people who have just met me and don’t really know me, shorten it without even asking. It gets irritating. A bit presumptuous, don’t you think?
I’m a native to the Pacific Northwest. I was born in Seattle and grew up in suburbs of the city. I’m a graduate from the University of Washington and I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism in June 2008. In October 2008 I moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho — by necessity, not choice — where I (finally) put my degree to good use and was working as the education reporter for the daily newspaper here, The Post Register. One year later, I moved back home and in with my parents. I spent a year feeling the economic crunch and hard times in journalism, looking for a full-time job in print. In the meantime, to keep busy, keep my skills and not completely mooch off my parents, I freelanced for Northwest Asian Weekly, which I still write monthly book recommendations for, and Pacific Publishing Company. Currently, I am the reporter for the Redmond Reporter, where I report the news of Redmond, Wash.
I originally started this blog for a class but I’ve decided to continue with it as I enter the wonderful world of journalism. Blogging seems to be the direction in which that world is going, so I’m taking advantage.
I’ve always been big on writing and also enjoy writing poetry and fiction in addition to writing for traditional and non-traditional media outlets.
This blog is my attempt to continue covering current events, politics and journalism but it will also include works of poetry, maybe some fiction (still contemplating) as well as random musings as they occur to me. It’s also another way for me to stay busy.
In short, the title says it all. I’m Sammi and this is what I’ve got to say.
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