Brett Samuels

(630) 699-7105

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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

August 2012 - May 2016

Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism


AP Style • News writing and beat reporting • Deadline writing • Breaking news • Experience with Final Cut Pro, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Microsoft Office programs • Proficient in French • DSLRcamera • Wordpress • Adobe LightRoom • Twitter • Facebook • Hootsuite • InCopy •Storify • Tout 

Awards and honors 

2016 Newhouse Scholar

Selected as one of 13 Newhouse Scholars in the Class of 2016 based on the criteria of work in communications, overall academic achievement and service.

Robert Schneider Foundation Scholarship Award Winner 

Recieved award given to an outstanding sophomore or junior majoring in newspaper or magazine journalism.


The Hill

Breaking news reporter, October 2017 - present

  • Cover breaking news related to the federal government and national politics
  • Write more than a dozen posts each day
  • Find and pitch story ideas to editors
  • Write overview pieces on a day's events or trends in Washington, D.C.

The Daily Gazette

Schenectady County reporter, May 2016 - October 2017

  • Covered the county legislature and towns and villages within the county
  • Worked on general assignment and breaking stories
  • Pitched story ideas
  • Attended meetings and maintain contact with sources
  • Took photos and videos for publication when needed

The Buffalo News

Business Reporter, May 2015 - August 2015

  • Worked five days per week over the summer reporting on business stories in the Buffalo area
  • Wrote 3-4 stories per week, including stories for the Sunday section and a couple stories for A1 
  • Worked with editors and collaborated with other reporters on stories
  • Covered general assignment stories in addition to business coverage 

The Sarasota Herald Tribune

Contributing writer, February 2016

  • Covered Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign during the NewHampshire primary
  • Wrote daily coverages of events as well as enterprise stories 
  • Communicated daily with editors to pitch story ideas and discuss coverage 

The Daily Orange

Managing Editor, May 2015 - December 2015

  • Oversaw day-to-day production of the newspaper in all sections 
  • Managed staff of about 25 employees
  • Assisted with running The Daily Orange’s social media accounts daily
  • Was a member of Board of Directors, which oversees big picture operations of the paper 

News Editor, December 2015 - May 2015

  • Responsible for all content in the news section
  • Edited all stories in the section
  • Met with editorial board every day
  • Oversaw assistant editors and copy editors
  • Orchestrated paper’s coverage of NCAA sanctions
  •  Written more than 225 stories in total 

Asst. News Editor, December 2013 - December 2014

  • Wrote and edited stories four days a week 
  • Created story ideas for news section
  • Reported on breaking news 

WAER Radio

News reporter, August 2012 - August 2014

  • Volunteered four hours a week for local NPR affiliate
  • Produced news stories, cut sound bites and conducted interviews on the phone and in person
  • Reported on Syracuse and surrounding area 

University 100

Student Ambassador, August 2013 - Present

  • Lead campus tours for prospective students
  • Answer questions during information sessions 
  • Represent Syracuse University