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

  Q&A: Strategies for managing back-to-school anxiety for kids of all ages

  CPD Chief Holbrook on gun violence, officer recruitment after a violent couple of weeks

  Bond denied for three suspects in armed robbery, shootout with Richland County deputies

  Back-to-school: healthy & easy recipes for college students

  ‘We’re ahead of schedule,’ says BullStreet District developer as REI construction continues

  Stay cool, Midlands: Dominion Energy says there are things to do if your bill skyrocketed this month

  What you need to know about the SCANA settlement check you got in the mail

  Try It Tuesday: self-care and holistic wellness at new spot ‘The Well Collective’

  Columbia city manager: non-taxable parcels need to have ‘skin in the game’ as public safety agencies need more funding

  ‘I felt violated’: Shandon family of four recounts car thefts from their driveway overnight

  ’There’s no excuse’: Shandon residents frustrated about vehicle thefts, break-ins ahead of community meeting

  Four recipes that will take your kids’ back-to-school lunches from dull to delightful, with local Midlands registered dietitian

  Meal Prep 101: Easy tips before your family goes back-to-school

  “Healthy Summer Learners” program takes aim at weight gain & reading loss over the summer

  ‘It means more than words can ever say’: Elgin Lights operator announces Christmas in July event to benefit Camp Cole

  City leaders unveil HAWK pedestrian crossing signal for deadly stretch of Millwood Avenue

  Got a high school diploma and live in Fairfield County? You might have a full ride to Midlands Technical College

  Neighbors complain Kilbourne Road speeding is out of control, like ‘playing Frogger’ for pedestrians

  South Carolina couple celebrates 60th anniversary with adorable surprise photo shoot

  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