Sammi Steele, who was born and raised in Golden, Colo., loves telling stories. She crossed the Red River and joined the NewsWest 9 team in June of 2019 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in broadcast journalism.
Since then, she has told stories on everything from a mobile mass shooting, to FBI raids, to murders, a hot-oiler explosion and officer-involved shootings. She has also done feature stories on people who make West Texas unique, like a 90-year-old female bar owner in Big Spring who has never drank or smoked a cigarette but has been married seven times.
As a multi-skilled journalist for NewsWest 9, Sammi is a one-man-band. She shoots, edits and writes all of her own stories every day.
On the weekends, she anchors and produces.
When West Texans read and watch her work, she wants them to feel more informed about what is going on in the Basin. She thinks the more informed people are, the closer a community becomes.
Before reporting at NewsWest 9, Sammi spent all four years of college working as a reporter and anchor for OU Nightly, OU’s daily, student-led, newscast.
She also served as an ambassador for Gaylord College and was the president of Oklahoma College Broadcasters Club.
The summer of 2018, Sammi had a life-changing experience working in New York City at ABC News. She served as a production assistant, digital news assistant and social media content assistant for World News Tonight with David Muir.
Her favorite part of her internship was working alongside ABC's first-ever chief meteorologist, Ginger Zee. That summer she helped the Good Morning America weather team find and verify weather-related material.
Before the Big Apple, Sammi interned for the CBS affiliate, KWTV News9, in Oklahoma City.
Sammi loves musical theatre, spicy food, Orange Theory Fitness, Costco, the Oklahoma Sooners, reality TV, skiing, traveling and being with her family.
She misses exploring the Rocky Mountains, but can not wait to tell stories for West Texans.
If you would like Sammi to tell YOUR story, she can be reached by email, or through her Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.