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

  Two-time liver transplant recipient expecting first child this Mother’s Day after years battling fertility issues

  The ‘Golden Road’ is ending, as a well-known social media couple finishes cross-country trek in SC this weekend

  ‘It’s on their timeline’: Riverbanks koala keepers optimistic about breeding possibility for koala pair

  22-year-old cancer survivor cries ‘tears of joy’ after surprise visit on Valentine’s Day

  UofSC Veterans Day 5k kicks off 3rd annual walk, run and ruck event

  20-year-old Gaston woman shares story of stroke survival on World Stroke Day

  SCNG members remember 30+ helicopter rescues from 2015 flood

  We need you to help WIS spread some #JoyWithJudi!

  5 years later, daughter of 86-year-old flood survivor remembers harrowing rescue

  Two years later, former RNE quarterback relives heart attack story on World Heart Day

  Westwood HS teacher balances duties as Mom at home, Mrs. in the virtual classroom

7Sunday hosts ‘For No Reason’ Facebook Live concert Friday night featuring local artists

  Can you help us find Door Dash Bruce?

  American Heart Association annual Go Red luncheon will go virtual on Thursday

  Special Olympics athletes stay in touch to remain in shape across SC

  PUPDATE: The PAALS pups are nearly 5 months old and somehow cuter in quarantine

  Savannah author explains COVID-19 to kids in free e-book

African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, nationwide data shows

  Local nonprofit that supports sick kids is spreading the ‘Happy,’ temporarily without the ‘Wheels’

  Special Olympics advocates take to social media to #UnlockInclusion

  ‘You are our hero’: Cards, care packages comfort MICU nurses at Prisma Health Richland

  Alzheimer’s Association offers resources for caring for loved ones with dementia during COVID-19 pandemic

  UofSC engineers use 3D printers to create face shields for colleagues at MUSC

  Parents, how’s the homeschooling going? Need some help?

  Two members of the WIS 4 p.m. team go to ‘jail’ for a good cause

  Lexington High School ‘Students in Action’ share mission to support St. Baldrick’s

  Pete Buttigieg sits down for one-on-one interview with WIS ahead of polls closing in South Carolina

  PUPDATE: Popping balloons, playing with Furbies, and adventuring to the magical land of Publix

  PUPDATE: Tricks for treats and getting the big kid treatment

  Do you know your ‘numbers’? Local cardiologist urges women to know about heart health on National Wear Red Day