PORTLAND, Maine — Samantha York is an Edward R. Murrow Award and New England Emmy Award winning journalist and storyteller at NEWS CENTER Maine and the co-anchor of popular magazine show '207' in Portland, Maine, specializing in areas of politics, feature stories and investigative reports.
Samantha is an eighth-generation Mainer who is thankful every day to be reporting in her home state. She joined NEWS CENTER Maine in the summer of 2014 after graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a dual major in Media Studies and Communication. She quickly grew from an intern to an assistant producer to reporter and anchor.
Growing up near Sebago Lake she rarely made it past Augusta, which made moving to the Bangor area in 2016 even more of an exciting transition.
In June of 2018 she made the move back home and began reporting out of NEWS CENTER Maine’s Portland newsroom.
She took over the WEEKEND MORNING REPORT solo in the Summer of 2020 and was promoted to '207' by the Winter of 2022.
Since starting her career with NCM Samantha has told stories across the state. Some of her favorites have been in the Katahdin Region and Downeast.
Samantha has traveled to our nation's capital for NEWS CENTER Maine where she covered some of the most high-profile and contentious political events in recent history. Including the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Both of which earned her a New England Emmy nomination.
In 2020, Samantha hand-picked a team to put together the first 30-minute special about the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks and its connections to Maine for the station. Her story profiling Michael Tuohey, the United Airlines employee that accepted plane tickets from the two hijackers that flew out of Portland, won an Edward R. Murrow Award in the 'Hard News' category and a New England Emmy Award in the 'Serious Feature' category.
Samantha has covered some of Maines' highest-profile cases such as the 39-year-old cold case of Joyce McLain. She has helped lead the effort in holding our government agencies accountable, specifically when it comes to handling cases of child abuse. She also got an exclusive interview with convicted killer Luc Tieman two days before his arrest and spoke to him again behind bars after his trial.
She was even lucky enough to travel with 'Wreaths Across America' to Washington D.C. in 2017, telling the stories of veterans and their families along the way. That coverage got her nominated for a 2017 New England Emmy.
The best part of her job is connecting with Mainers and giving them a platform to have their voices heard. She’s passionate about her state and the people within it.
In her free time Samantha loves spending time with her family and her four kitties. She also enjoys singing, fishing, the Red Sox, old cars and rock n roll.