Sam grew up in Overland Park and was educated at the University of Kansas. After working in Philadelphia, Minneapolis and St. Louis Sam just wanted to come home. He came to work at KCUR in 2014. Sam has a national news and documentary Emmy for an investigation into the federal Bureau of Prisons and how it puts unescorted inmates on Grayhound and Trailways buses to move them to different prisons. Sam has one son who spent much of his early life in newsrooms so he is both curious and a damn fine storyteller. Sam is also fabulous in the kitchen.