SAMANTHA M. WENDER HAS BEEN CREATING AWARD-WINNING STORIES FOR 15 YEARS, HAVING TRAVELED TO EVERY STATE IN THE U.S. AND TO MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.
Equally comfortable with multi-camera, crewed shoots, the majority of Samantha's pieces are self-shot. With camera in hand, she gives a voice to picture, people and places.
As a Producer at NBC News, she writes and produces feature stories for TODAY, TODAY Food and Sunday Today with Willie Geist. She also produces breaking news and pitches, develops and books much of her work, spearheading multi-platform series and sponsored content.
At ABC’s News Magazines (Primetime & 20/20), she produced, field produced and supported major newsmaker interviews and process hours including Diane Sawyer’s Hidden America series. She spent the better part of two years following the lives of five homeless teens, eight months on the Lakota Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation and several months with the Amish, heroin addicts and foster youth, chronicling the stories of those living in poverty, out of the mainstream and on the fringes of society.
In 2012, Samantha left ABC News to produce a 90-minute feature documentary for MTV while simultaneously producing for their True Life series at Gigantic! Productions. She also spent time helping to develop series, pilots and special pitches for a variety of networks and outlets including Yahoo! where she produced sponsored digital video content.
Samantha lives in Brooklyn, NY and travels extensively.