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Rachel Sams

Editor-in-Chief, Albuquerque Business First


United States

Rachel Sams is editor-in-chief of Albuquerque Business First, where she manages newsroom strategy and leads amazing journalists to do their best work online every day and in print once a week.

She joined ABF in 2009 as associate editor, became managing editor in 2012 and editor-in-chief in 2014. As editor, she led the newsroom in creating a “Reinventing Our City” series and event on how to reinvent Albuquerque’s economy. The project won ABF a coveted finalist spot in the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing awards.

Previously, Sams was a reporter at the Baltimore Business Journal and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. While at the BBJ, her reporting on the disciplinary records of Maryland stockbrokers received a first-place investigative reporting award from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

She fell in love with journalism as an intern at her hometown paper, the Greenwood Commonwealth of Greenwood, Mississippi. She is a proud graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and Johns Hopkins University, where she wrote and edited for school publications.

She recently completed a term as secretary of the Journalism and Women Symposium and previously was vice president of membership development for the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter.

When Rachel’s not working, she blogs about hiking at Woman Seeks Elevation.