Samantha Max is a criminal justice reporter at WPLN News — Nashville Public Radio, where she investigates systemic issues within policing, prisons, jails and the courts. She is also the host of WPLN’s podcast, Deadly Force, which delves into the Metro Nashville Police Department’s use of force policies and training, as well as the relationship between the city’s predominantly white police department and its Black residents.
Samantha served as a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that supports journalists in local newsrooms across the country. She spent her first year with the program as a health and inequity reporter at The Telegraph in Macon, GA. In college, Samantha interned at her hometown public radio station, WYPR. She also spent a summer investigating a potentially wrongful murder conviction as an intern at the Medill Justice Project and reported on Chicago's undocumented immigrants while interning at Hoy, the Chicago Tribune's former Spanish-language newspaper. Samantha is a proud alum of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she graduated magna cum laude with majors in journalism and Spanish.