Sam Bleiweis

Sam Bleiweis

Sam Bleiweis joined the WIS team in June 2015 as a reporter. You can find her in the field during the week covering local stories, and on the air during afternoon and evening shows bringing you the latest developments from the Alert Center.


Before making her way back down south, Sam was anchoring and reporting for Fox 40 News in Binghamton, New York. During her time in what she calls “the arctic tundra,” (she’s a native Californian, and her family now lives in Florida!) she anchored the station’s 10 PM show and covered big stories across the Southern Tier and upstate New York. Sam likes to be right in the middle of the action. She was in the center of the crowd when Binghamton University students hosted a massive protest against the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. She also followed and covered a local man’s 3rd murder trial that spread over multiple months and received extensive national coverage. 


Sam spent her undergraduate career at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and graduated with degrees in History and Journalism. She was a four-year member of the Emory University Women’s Soccer Team, which was the runner-up team in the NCAA Championships in 2012. She was also an active member of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. 


While in college, Sam spent a summer interning at a local station in her hometown of Gainesville, Florida and learned how to be behind the camera and in front of it. During her senior year, she interned at WSB-TV, and also worked as a sideline reporter and color commentator for the Atlanta Silverbacks Professional Men’s Soccer Team. 


When she’s not running around Columbia with her camera, you can find the (residual) athlete in her taking runs in, or in a loud, tough spin class. In her down time, she loves trying out new recipes in her kitchen, or relaxing on the couch with a cup of tea, a good book and her two kitties. 


Sam wants to hear your stories! If you have any tips or story ideas, you can email her at: 

Recent Articles by Sam

  Seven-year-old cancer survivor talks about experience at Prisma’s Camp KEMO

  Bamberg teen will represent USA shooting at national, international competition this summer

  102-year-old WWII veteran from Prosperity remembers flying 65 missions during his service

  RECIPE: Fried apple hand-pies perfect for summer

  A lethal kiss for your beloved pet; vet warns of dangers of kissing bugs ahead of summer heat

  New bunion procedure slashes recovery time and minimizes pain, according to Irmo surgeon

  Lexington “SAFE” Committee announces 24/7 weeklong run in honor of two runners hit and killed

  SC woman uses car as billboard, searching for donor kidney for high school sweetheart

  Midlands native and first female Army EOD instructor has a message for young women

  Measles infections are on the rise across America: what about South Carolina?

  After Masters win, Midlands family remembers stepfather meeting Tiger Woods days before passing away

  ‘Buy a brick, honor a vet’: project with Leadership Lexington to serve homeless and in-crisis veterans

  Iconic Midlands Army-Navy surplus store to shutter its doors after 100 years

  ‘Run as One’ event aims to raise mental health awareness for veterans

  Autism Academy of SC gears up for 3rd annual Fitness Festival benefitting Camp Mates

  Midlands welcomes home Vietnam soldiers, 50 years later

  ‘I’m not leaving,’ speaker and author to talk at USC about experiences during 1994 Rwandan genocide

  A street-crossing gamble: Advocates say it’s time to fix the Millwood Ave. pedestrian problem

  Director says job re-entry program credited with inmate population drop, recidivism rate decline

Prisma Health surgeon: New device for aortic valve repair is 'a game changer’

  Year of the Veteran: Fort Jackson CG leads by examples of excellence

  ‘Enough is enough’ neighbors say, after three pedestrian deaths in four years on Millwood Avenue

  Bill in SC House could affect 74,000 children in the custody of relatives

  Multiple burglary reports caught on home security camera in heart of UofSC campus

  Attorney for family of Lexington runner killed speaks to WIS, now filing wrongful death suit

  Mental health is a top priority for Army, says Surgeon General

  Donation from the ‘Basketball Cop’ fuels local SRO’s mission for making students their best

  You have two chances to see guided BullStreet District Tours, starting Saturday, February 9th

  Female suspect in credit union robbery denies bond appearance

  No pressure: The SC National Air Guard will patrol Atlanta’s skies for Super Bowl LIII