She moved back to South Africa after completing her Masters in Visual Communication at Ohio University, and interning, in 2005, for US News & World Report magazine. At US News she covered the Washington, DC political landscape – including the White House and Capitol Hill.
She is not 100% certain when her career actually began – but thinks it was either somewhere in the curious hills of Appalachia, whilst riding shotgun in her fathers beloved Landrover or sandwiched between two other photographers in the press pool in the Oval Office. Either way, she’s glad it did because it has, among other things, allowed her to chase penguins, fly on Air Force One, swim with sharks and meet a collection of interesting people – from business men to homeless men, and from grannies at a bake-sale to a triple murderer behind bars. In this way she thinks the profession of photojournalism is a privilege.
*Received a 2010 Media Fellowship from the Open Society Foundation of South Africa to work on a project on Acid Mine Drainage. This same work recently won a Mondi Shanduka Media Award – for outstanding South African journalism.
*Sam was recently named, by the Mail & Guardian newspaper, as one of South Africa’s Top 200 young people to know.