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

  Eli Wiesel’s son joins S.C. leaders to commemorate 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

  Eight weeks of adorable, squishy, lovable PAALS puppies!

  PUPDATE: Want to shower the WIS PAALS pups with love?

  Midlands baby diagnosed with RSV lands in hospital, doctors warn virus is on the rise

  Who are the WIS mystery pups? We can finally tell you!

  Koala breeding programs like Riverbanks Zoo’s could become crucial in wake of Australian fires

  Two-time cancer survivor, heart transplant recipient shares story of survival

Welcome to the WIS mystery pups

  Heart Healthy Holiday: The lighter side of Christmas classics

  Heart Healthy Holiday: Hanukkah recipes with the American Heart Association

  Heart Healthy Holiday: Fresh takes on holiday party favorites with the American Heart Association

  As infant mortality rises in SC, miracle twins celebrate first birthday after surviving delivery at 25 weeks

  Who’s that adorable pup with a diploma? It’s Winston!

  CUTENESS ALERT: It’s all wags and puppy kisses as WIS’ favorite ‘good boy’ gets ready to graduate

  Camp Cole will break ground on new site in April 2020

  Midlands husband honors his late wife, ‘Polka Dot Queen,’ with scholarship fund

  GO RED FOR WOMEN: Midlands woman shares story of survival after suffering two strokes in her 20′s and losing triple-digit weight

  Midlands family ‘Lights the Night’ after lymphoma diagnosis threatens their dream of having children

  Bethune Elementary wears green for 6-year-old student with dwarfism

  Motivational speaker comes to Benedict College to encourage young women through her new superhero

  This Columbia man’s solo holiday photoshoot is everything you need to see

  New CDC report shows alarming uptick in youth suicide rates

  Are you ready for a plant-based burger at McDonald’s?

  Dealing with trauma and post-traumatic stress after the perceived threat at SC State Fair

  A fabulous conversation, that’s what’s ‘On the Table’ on October 22nd

  There’s purr-anormal activity in Rosewood, and by that we mean very cute adoptable kittens

  Students at the Sandhills School experience the power of yoga for learning

  BEYOND THE BANKS: Riverbanks Zoo releases 3rd sea turtle back into the wild as part of broader conservation effort with SCDNR

  BEYOND THE BANKS: Riverbanks’ last elephant gears up for big move, zoo officials announce what’s next for the exhibit

  ‘Today would’ve been 17 years sober’: Sister Hazel lead vocalist talks about his path back to recovery