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Profile

I am a recent Yale University graduate, who double majored in Political Science and History with a concentration in Social Change and Social Movements. Most of my time, though, was spent at 202 York Street, where I served as the editor in chief of the Yale Daily News, the country's oldest college daily. I come from Manila, Philippines, but grew up in Frankfurt, Germany and Baku, Azerbaijan, too. I've reported in different countries on migration, foreign affairs, local and national politics, culture, crime and justice. My work has appeared in the Washington Post, Philippine Daily Inquirer, VICE, Yale Daily News, Toledo Blade, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Yale Politic. As a journalist and editor, and as a leader of a major college daily, I see stories everywhere: tensions that demand disentangling, questions that require answers, and truths that must be revealed. Now, I am actively seeking opportunities to expand my journalism experience and am available upon contact.  

Experience

Washington Post 

Bradlee Foreign Desk Reporting Fellow: Selected to report on the foreign desk as one of two Bradlee Fellows, in recognition of the late Washington Post Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee. Covered foreign affairs, including during the August Taliban offensive and end of the Afghanistan war, as well as the delta-fueled second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Yale Daily News

Editor in Chief: Oversees the YDN’s daily production and staff of over 200. Makes ethical journalistic decisions and final content calls, as well as proofs the opinion page. Responds to concerns as the face of the paper. Pushes forward long-term projects to support the News’ diversity, multimedia, digital, internal culture, and content-related goals.

Cops and Courts Beat Reporter: Reported on policing and law in New Haven, including campus and city crime, immigration, Yale and New Haven police internal affairs, and criminal justice reform. Published four stories a week on tight deadlines. 

VICE Media 

Southeast Asia Reporter: Covered the entire region of Southeast Asia, pitching and writing at least one timely story each day. Stories ranged from analysis pieces on the state of press freedoms under Duterte’s Philippines to explainers on back-and-forth sanctions between China and the United States. Wrote longer feature stories on thousands of stranded Filipinos during Manila's COVID lockdown and a guide to anti-racism in the Asian community following the George Floyd protests. 

Toledo Blade

Summer 2019 Reporting Intern: Reported on local stories from features to breaking news. Sent on individual assignment to Elyria, OH to cover a national story about a libel trial that awarded a local bakery $44 million-dollar from Oberlin College. 

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Summer 2018 Reporting Intern: Covered the presidential beat and metro beat for Quezon City, focusing specifically on crime and the national drug war. Attended presidential press conferences, police press briefings, economic forums, and national rallies. Visited jails and holding cells to report on national prison conditions and criminal justice.

Yale Politic

Senior Staff Writer: Pitched and wrote several long-form and investigative pieces for Yale's political journal ranging in topics from WWII-era sex slavery in the Philippines to a wrongful conviction in New Haven.

Associate Editor: Edited long-form pieces on local, national, and international politics. Guided writers through the pitching, writing, and editing process. 

Full resume available HERE

Contact

Email - samanthajwestfall@gmail.com

Twitter - @sammy_westfall

LinkedIn - Sammy Westfall