Sammy Mack is joining StateImpact Florida as a Miami-based reporter. She’ll collaborate with Tampa-based reporter John O’Connor in continuing the project’s award-winning coverage of education in Florida.
Mack has worked in just about every position in the WLRN-Miami Herald newsroom. She’s been a producer on the shows Topical Currents, the Florida Roundup, Under the Sun, and the Morning Edition newscasts. Most recently, as special projects editor, she oversaw the editorial side of the WLRN.org re-launch.
For two years, she covered public health and health policy from WLRN as part of the grant-funded HealthyState.org project, and her stories have run on air, online, on TV and in the print edition of the Miami Herald. Since 2012, she’s been a fellow with the Kaiser Health News and NPR Health Care Reporting in the States project.
While she is new to the education beat, she is a St. Petersburg native and a product of Florida public schools. She even took the first FCAT.
She’s been honored with Florida AP Broadcaster and SPJ Sunshine State awards. She’s collaborated on projects that have won an Emmy, regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a Wilbur Award and a Dart Award. She was a writing fellow during the 2008 Poynter Summer Fellowship for Young Journalists.
Most importantly, colleagues named her the 2011 Herald Top Chef. Ask her about the pig turducken.