Samantha Serbin joined the WTVM News Leader 9 Team in January 2019 as a Multimedia Journalist/Reporter.
She moved to Columbus after leaving the University of Florida in December 2018. Samantha graduated with high honors, a Bachelor’s degree in telecommunication – news and a minor in leadership development. After her sophomore year, she interned with FOX13 in her hometown of Tampa, Florida.
Samantha began her television career in Gainesville, Florida at WUFT News. She helped to report and anchor for the 5 PM newscast. She worked as a reporter for two years, and as an anchor for her last four months. She also produced and anchored a 90-second news segment called News in 90. While reporting, Samantha covered all types of stories ranging from Hurricane Michael coverage, 2018 Election Night and vigil services for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.
During her time at UF, Samantha was involved in the Eta Xi chapter of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority as well as the leadership development program. She actively participated in philanthropic/volunteer events such as helping out at Gainesville Pet Rescue and raising money for Girls on the Run.
When she’s not as work, Samantha enjoys catching up with friends and family, cooking and listening to music. She also loves taking pictures and helping out with anything to do with dogs. You can also catch her binge watching Grey’s Anatomy on rainy days.
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The suspect Malcolm Jackson and victim Ebony Giddens were reportedly dating back in March 2018 when he allegedly assaulted and stalked her. Giddens disappeared just days after the incident. However we want to be clear, Jackson is not facing charges related to the disappearance.
Local and state elected officials are working together to create a conversation about legislation for 2020. On Thursday, dozens gathered at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center to start that process.
For the first time, the mother of a Columbus murder victim is visiting the site where her son was shot and killed one month ago. She’s continuing to plead for the public to come forward with information.
John Ring is raising awareness about different issues that veterans face. For example, he said 22 vets commit suicide every day. Now he’s hoping his journey across the country can help make a difference.
“HUD has informed us that the inspection is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday October 16. The inspection will conducted by HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center inspectors. They noted it usually takes a few days for them to get the inspection report back.”
In the Chattahoochee Valley, Randolph County and the city of Cuthbert were hit the hardest by Hurricane Michael. Even though much progress has been made in the year, residents said there is still some work left to do.
“I [saw] the article and I said another shooting in Columbus, another one, another life lost, then to find out it was my brother, it’s just the worst feeling ever. I can’t even explain to you, I can’t process.”
Hundreds of people gathered for Dontrell Williams' funeral service. It was standing room only at the church. Then, at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, dozens stood by with tears in their eyes as the Williams received his military honors.