Sammy is a reporter, playwright and composer from Bedford Hills, NY. His reporting has appeared in The Michigan Daily, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, VAN Magazine, the Charlotte Observer, and Bridge Michigan. Sammy founded Focal Point, The Daily's investigative reporting team. His reporting has sparked law enforcement investigations, local and federal policy changes and a federal sex crime conviction. Sammy's reporting has been featured in the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times and the Detroit Free Press in their 2018 “This journalism made us jealous” article. His student reporting won recognition with five Michigan Press Association awards and three College Media Association awards.
In 2021, Sammy contributed to The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Sammy is a graduate of the Toni Stabile for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School; he currently works as a researcher for the Li Center for Global Journalism at the school under the direction of Prof. Azmat Khan.
As a composer and playwright, Sammy's music has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, the Foundation for Modern Music and the National Association for Music Education. A 2022 graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Sammy was a two-time semester participant Blank Space Workshop creator for evening length musicals, one of which was written with Allie Taylor. Recent projects include Fifth Avenue, a straight play and political comedy and The Bachelor: The Musical, a very unofficial song cycle co-written and performed with Allie Taylor. Sammy is currently book writer for a musical that will premiere at Syracuse University in May; he is also working on a comedy show that will go up on Feb. 29, 2024.
Sammy is a member of IRE, ASCAP and DG.