Sami West is a reporter covering schools across the Puget Sound region and Washington state. She’s been on the education beat for over five years and has reported extensively on the countless ways Covid has impacted schools, students, and families. Her coverage has also focused on school finances, child care deserts, the importance of early childhood education and the growing youth mental health crisis.
Before joining KUOW in 2023, she wrote about education for Chalkbeat in Memphis, Tennessee, and two newspapers in Wisconsin. A Midwesterner at heart, Sami originally hails from Minnesota and holds degrees in journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
When she’s not attending school board meetings or chasing other education news, Sami enjoys exploring the beautiful trails and abundant breweries of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dog.
You can also contact Sami via her work cellphone at 206-750-5225.
Languages Spoken: English
Professional Affiliations: Education Writers Association
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