Samantha Lewis is our Las Cruces Bureau reporter.
She was born in El Paso, Texas, where she attended Andress High School and was on the Golden Eagle swim team.
Her senior year she moved to the small town of Artesia, New Mexico, where she kept busy writing for The Beacon newspaper and was awarded several academic scholarships. She received the opportunity to meet President George W. Bush after receiving the Mack Chase scholarship.
After graduation she moved to Las Cruces and attended New Mexico State University, majoring in journalism and mass communications.
She was the assistant advertising manager at The Roundup student run newspaper and a field reporter and anchor for sports and weather for KRWG News 22. A student produced newscast awarded for excellence in broadcasting by the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.
She was a morning co-host for KOBE 1450 Radio in Las Cruces.
She was also president of the Broadcasters Club and had photographs published in The Scoop Magazine and writing published in Kokopelli an online publication.
Samantha made her first TV news debut when she was 11 years old after writing a story entitled "Seventeen Thousand Angels." The story is about children who lost their parents and loved ones during the 911 terrorist attacks. She read her story on air for KFOX14.
When she isn't working, she enjoys cooking for her family and friends. She is a big fan of the great outdoors and likes hiking, fishing, camping, skydiving, playing music, and traveling.
She studied Spanish in Costa Rica and fell in love with the coffee and people. She says it was the best experience she's had so far.
Samantha feels at home in Las Cruces because she loves the Native American and Spanish history, colorful culture, pecan orchards, Organ Mountains, Old Mesilla and of course the friendly people.
She says her passion is writing and listening to stories of others in the community.