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Samantha joined the Fox 43 News team in July 2018. Prior to that she worked at the York County Economic Alliance, where she was the Marketing & Communications Manager. But it’s not her first go-around in journalism.

She grew up in Mechanicsburg and attended Trinity High School before graduating from Millersville University. There she received a degree in Speech Communications with an option in Broadcasting. She landed her first job in 2013 as a one-woman-band reporter in Hazleton, before moving to Harrisonburg, Virginia to join the WHSV news team as an anchor and reporter in 2014. Samantha was also a reporter at ABC 27 News in Harrisburg. She loves being back in her hometown!

Samantha is passionate about covering feature stories and focusing on health issues. Seeking accountability and informing the public of what’s going on in their backyard is what drove her to find hard-hitting and impactful stories that everyone cares about. It has helped develop her passion for storytelling, but also, working with people. In 2017 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her reporting on the heroin epidemic and its impact on newborns.

In her free time, you can find Samantha spending time with friends and family, working out, or watching endless re-runs of Parks & Rec and Impractical Jokers. She is also a lover of cupcakes – all shapes, colors, and sizes! Feel free to say hello if you see her around!

Recent Articles
  • Long wait times for Real IDs

    YORK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Real IDs have been available since March 1st, but now folks are seeing longer than usual wait times at the PennDOT drivers license centers. Some were waiting as long as four hours, if not longer. One by one, folks entered the PennDOT Driver License Center on Queen Street, only to come out feeling less than happy. “People coming in here for a drivers test, drivers license,” Dave Sledzik, who was waiting to get his Real ID, […]

  • North Codorus Township facing nearly $1 million fine for leaving police department

    NORTH CODORUS TOWNSHIP, Pa. – North Codorus Township in York County could be forced to pay almost $1 million dollars for leaving the Southwestern Regional Police Department. The Township rejected the department’s most recent budget proposal and time is running out. The police said they’ve met the Township’s demands, but they still won’t budge. Now the future of the department is in jeopardy. When North Codorus Township first told the Southwestern Regional Police Department of their plans to separate, their […]

  • Police looking for suspect in York deadly shooting

    YORK, Pa. — Police are still trying to figure out what happened in a shooting that killed a 23-year-old man in York Sunday afternoon. Jaiquaune Freeman’s body was found with multiple gun shot wounds. Neighbors said they heard eight shots being fired. Freeman’s mother now has a message for anyone who is willing to listen. Freeman was known by many names, including Bama, Quaune, Professor, King, Kountry Kid Jay, just some to name a few. “He was just a good […]

  • Suspect arrested in Lebanon Shooting

    LEBANON, Pa. — Police in Lebanon have arrested a man for a shooting incident that sent one person to the hospital Friday evening. According to police, 27-year-old Francisco Mateo faces multiple charges, including Criminal Attempt to Commit Homicide. Police were called to the 600 block of North 9th Street just after 4 P.M. Friday for a verbal confrontation between two groups. After they arrived, the groups left the area. About 30 minutes later, a second call came in and as […]

  • More than 10,000 attend 36th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

    YORK, Pa. — More than 10,000 people showed up to the 36th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown York Saturday. FOX 43 was the proud media sponsor of the parade. Members of the FOX 43 news team rode along and waved to folks from corvettes provided by the York County Corvette Club. There were more than 90 entries. FOX 43’s Samantha Galvez was this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies. It takes more than 100 volunteers to plan the parade and […]

  • 9-year-old girl with special needs forms unlikely friendship with grocery store cashier

    LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A video showing a GIANT employee in Dauphin County letting a 9-year-old girl with special needs help bag groceries has gone viral. A trip to the grocery store for Lisa Teach and her kids can be quite the handful. Her two girls, ages 9 and 7, were dancing down the aisle at the Giant on Union Deposit Road. “it’s like anyone that goes to the grocery store,” Teach said. “We try and remember what to […]

  • York City leaders expecting to see increase in snow removal violations

    YORK, Pa. — City leaders are urging folks to get their sidewalks shoveled before the temperatures drop this week. During the last big snow storm, they handed out more than 200 tickets for violations. York resident Dejour Hughes had quite the wake up call Monday morning. “My wife told me, because I work night shift so I just woke up and she said, ‘before you go get ready can you come out here and shovel’,” Hughes said. The Property Maintenance […]

  • Second Annual Ice & Fire Festival held in Harrisburg

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — City officials helped folks beat the cabin fever this weekend. Kids sled down a slide made completely out of ice at the the second annual Ice & Fire festival. Lots of different sculptures, including a rubber ducky and snowflake. At 45 degrees, officials said it was a great way to spend the day in between snow storms. Organizers estimated more than 10,000 people showed up. A lot of people came out to see Second Street turned into […]

  • Special Olympics PA hosts first Indoor Winter Games comes to York County

    YORK, Pa. — A little bit of snow couldn’t stop some incredible athletes. The first ever Indoor Winter Games for Special Olympics Pennsylvania was held at the York Expo Center this weekend. FOX43’s Lynda Weed emceed the event. Presented by the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, teams from across the state including Virginia and Delaware, got to compete in different sports, including figure skating, speed skating, floor hockey, and bowling. More than 650 athletes participated during the weekend-long event. […]

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