Samantha J. Grasso

A photo of Samantha Grasso at the Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by John Alex Huggins.
Hi, I'm Samantha — but call me Sam. I'm a journalist from Austin, Texas, with reporting focuses on immigration, identity, and more. I graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism in May 2016, and I've had months-long work experiences in both Los Angeles and New York.

I caught the journalism bug when I was 14 with my first copy of punk-rock publication Alternative Press Magazine, and aspired to be a journalist ever since—I even had a two-sentence opinion printed in an issue with Gym Class Heroes on the cover. (Yes, my head grew three sizes the day I got it in the mail.) I'm currently a staff writer at the Daily Dot, and have been published in Los Angeles Magazine online, Death & Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, and Austin Monthly. I've also had contributed research published in Texas Monthly Magazine.

I love breakfast tacos and small, local shows, but also miss the mountains out west and the bagels up east. Aside from obsessing over my orange tabby cat, I like to get cardio in between internet binges, check out library books that I won't finish, and phonetically sound out my middle name to strangers (ask me about it sometime!).

Catch me on Twitter, follow me on Instagram, or email me at samjgrasso[at]gmail[dot]com.