Samantha Manning joined Channel 9 Eyewitness News in September 2016. Samantha came to Orlando after working as an investigative reporter at our sister station WJAX/WFOX in Jacksonville, Florida.
During her time in Jacksonville, Samantha covered the 6-month search for missing toddler Lonzie Barton and the tragic discovery of his body. She investigated the sinking of cargo ship El Faro, which led to the deaths of 33 crew members, and pored through financial records for the Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project after a whistleblower accused the nonprofit of misspending charitable donations.
Before reporting in Florida, Samantha worked in Knoxville, Tennessee, at WATE-TV, where she covered state and local politics. She filled in as host of the weekly political program “Tennessee This Week" and broke exclusive developments in the federal investigation into truck stop giant Pilot Flying J for alleged fuel rebate fraud. She also previously reported for KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas, as the Las Cruces, New Mexico, bureau reporter and for FiOS1 News, covering north and central New Jersey.
Samantha has received investigative reporting training through her attendance at the prestigious Investigative Reporters & Editors conferences.
Samantha is a native New Yorker having grown up in Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a proud Hofstra University alumnus and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism with a minor in Spanish.
She is always looking for story ideas. Email her at Samantha.Manning@WFTV.com.
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