Samantha Bennett, headshot for media use, Jenny Karlsson photo



Samantha Bennett is a lifetime member and former president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She was a newspaper copy editor for 18 years and a columnist for 20, and is now a research editor at a major international think tank. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale and a master’s in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

As a humor columnist, she sent her mother a statue of St. Joseph with burial instructions to sell her house, was one of 2,700 nude people photographed by artist Spencer Tunick in Cleveland, travel-blogged her way across Canada for the Canadian Tourism Commission, and ruined a dish from a vegan cookbook by accidentally grating some of her own finger into the parsnips. Collections of her columns have won awards from the NSNC, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, and the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors (now the Society for Features Journalism), improbable as that may sound.

She has traveled in Asia, Europe, Iceland and Russia (when it was still the Soviet Union and you couldn’t get a decent burger). She has told ghost stories for Haunted Pittsburgh Tours, done improv, faked her way through serious and seriously boring journalism panel shows, got voted off “The Weakest Link” without missing a question, and won the grand prize on NPR’s wordplay-and-trivia game show, “Ask Me Another.”

(It was an NPR branded dog bowl. Really. But at least she had a dog at the time.)

You may remember me from …

My segments of a November 2015 episode of NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” recorded in Pittsburgh:

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