Sammy Sussman (b. 1999) is an investigative reporter, composer, musical theater writer and jazz bassist from Bedford Hills, NY. A 2022 graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance with degrees in (music) composition and musical theater composition, Sammy is currently a Master's student in the Columbia Journalism School with a Stabile investigative reporting specialization.
As a reporter, Sammy has written for The Michigan Daily, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, VAN Magazine, the Charlotte Observer, Bridge Michigan and the Detroit Jewish News. Sammy's investigative reporting career began in December, 2018, when he uncovered 40 years of previously undisclosed sexual harassment, misconduct and assault allegations against a department chair and former associate dean at the University of Michigan. Sammy's reporting was featured in the Columbia Journalism Review and the Detroit Free Press' year-ending series “This journalism made us jealous in 2018."
In the summer of 2021, he contributed as an intern with the Investigative Reporting Workshop to The Washington Post's Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporting about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Sammy's reporting for his student newspaper has received three College Media Association investigative awards and three Michigan Press Association investigative student reporting awards. He is the co-founder (along with Zayna Syed) of Focal Point, The Michigan Daily's dedicated investigative reporting team.
As a music composer and musical theater writer, Sammy's music has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, the Foundation for Modern Music and the National Association for Music Education. In high school, he received an honorable mention in the New York Philharmonic's New World Composition Challenge. He is a two-time Blank Space Workshop participant for two two-act comedic musicals, one of which was written with his longtime musical theater writing partner Allison (Allie) Taylor. Recent projects include The Bachelor: The Musical, a multi-episode Instagram-based musical and Fifth Avenue, a political comedy.
Sammy is an alumni of the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program and the European American Musical Alliance-Nadia Boulanger Institute. He is also an alumni of the Fox Lane High School, where his creative research project on the "L'Engelian tesseract between Oppenheimer's Trinity atomic test and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings" was awarded the Tingley Scholarship. He is a member of ASCAP and IRE.