Samantha Callender

Digital Reporting Fellow

Writer, content creator and ardent foodie Samantha Callender is a Chicago-based multimedia journalist whose passion for storytelling shines through her various work. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Samantha studied journalism at Miami University and has called Chicago home since 2017.

A people’s person by nature, Samantha’s ability to build deep and lasting relationships is her superpower. One that enables her to interview celebrities in various capacities, uncover heartfelt stories and garner an active following on social media.

She loves a great latte and enjoys exploring the art and culture scene in the city. From political and civic reporting at City Bureau to reporting on all things luxury, lifestyle and beauty at magazines like Essence and Harper’s Bazaar, Samantha’s stories catalyze honest dialogue and activism. She’s excited to join WBEZ’s digital news desk to bring more stories amplifying the voices of the people, places, and politics across Chicagoland.

Stories by Samantha Callender