Before landing her position as associate producer for KERA’s widely acclaimed “Think” program, Samantha Guzman worked as a photo intern at the Dallas Observer. A 2014 graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism, Guzman learned the intricacies of writing and storytelling through experiences like the Mayborn’s award-winning “Heart of Mexico Project” and also the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop.
Along the way, she also worked as a multimedia assistant, photo and nutrition editor for Active.com, and managing editor of the Mayborn’s HATCH Visuals agency. At KERA, Guzman also works as associate producer of the station’s long-running “Anything You Ever Wanted to Know.” On top of that, she manages KERA’s internship programs and Think’s social media platforms.
She credits her notable working experiences on having “amazing and hardworking colleagues who believe, care, and are always there for each other.” According to Guzman, “It’s really worthwhile if you all share the same vision and passion for what you do.” At KERA, she’s covered news stories on the 2016 election cycle and Hurricane Harvey in Houston, which she considered one of the most trying situations she’s experienced on the job.
Guzman was born in New York City to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. At age eight, Samantha’s parents moved from New York to Grand Prairie, Texas, because they wanted a change for their family. She studied photojournalism as an undergraduate and received a master of arts degree in journalism from the Mayborn.
“There were a couple of reasons why I chose UNT,” she said. “I wanted to be a journalist and I wanted to go to a school with a great journalism program. I found that at the Mayborn. My greatest influence there would undoubtedly be Thorne Anderson. He helped shape and mold me into who I am today and I don’t think I’d be where I am today if it wasn’t for his guidance.
“The faculty there really care,” Guzman said of the Mayborn. “They sit down with you, invest in you and let you know when an opportunity pops up. Thorne provided the connection for the job I have now.”