Prior to joining ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Chatman was an Emmy award-winning consumer investigative reporter for KXAS-TV, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, Texas. She reported for the "NBC 5 Responds" franchise in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Before moving to Dallas, Chatman was the business reporter at WDRB-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. She started her career at WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois, where she worked as a multimedia journalist, fill-in anchor and weather anchor.
According to ABC 7's Vice President of News, Jennifer Graves, "Samantha Chatman is a top-notch reporter whose consumer investigations have won awards and resonated with viewers."
Chatman attended Lincoln Park High School on the city's North Side. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in African-American studies.
She's a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the National Association of Black Journalists. Chatman also serves as an Associate Board member for Make-A-Wish Illinois and After School Matters, respectively. Chatman is an avowed foodie and can't get enough of Chicago-style pizza, tacos, Italian beef and hot dogs. She's also a proud puppy mom to her dog Nugget, who has been featured on ABC 7 for his work-from-home antics. In her spare time, Chatman loves to sing, dance and travel with friends and family.
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