Sam Brock


I can think of few, if any, professions other than journalism in which a person's perspective, knowledge, and capacity for growth and development are challenged more consistently on a day-to-day basis.

I love being a journalist.

My job means telling the stories in our community that need to be told. It means holding authority figures accountable for their actions, asking the right questions and investigating the appearance of impropriety. And perhaps, most importantly, it means providing a voice to those who otherwise wouldn't have one.

I am a product of the people I meet and the experiences that I share, and for this opportunity I am grateful.

For nearly four years, I've lived in Richmond and held many roles at CBS 6- morning reporter, general assembly reporter, 5 and 5:30 p.m. anchor. Now I sort of perform a combination of those duties, reporting on politics and business-related stories during the day and anchoring our 5 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts at night.

While I grew up in the Northeast part of the country (my New York roots might earn me the designation, 'Yankee,' in some circles), I've spent enough time in Virginia to consider myself an honorary Virginian.

Prior to arriving at CBS 6, I worked for 18 months at TV3 Winchester, an ABC-affiliate nestled in the northern pocket of the Shenandoah Valley. While at TV3, I reported on political and legislative matters, as well as economic stories and events important to the community.

In a relatively short period of time, I'd like to think I've seen some pretty remarkable things in this state: presidential campaigns, historic budget cuts, flood waters that deluged waterfront properties, snow storms that overwhelmed Richmond (though, truthfully, Richmonders aren't exactly known for their winter toughness), the biggest earthquake Virginia has seen in a century, Hurricane Irene- an event that snarled streets and uprooted homes, and most recently the fight for fair treatment and care of Virginia's disabled population.

This latter subject, the care of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has given me a new vantage point on my own life and emboldened me to think that what I report on *can make a difference in the lives of many.

As far as my educational background, I bleed purple and white (except when it comes to basketball because my alma mater stinks). I received my bachelor's degree with a major in English from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. I also have a master of science in journalism (MSJ) from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

I still frequent Chicago and New York often, as that's where most of my family lives. But yes, Virginia is home!
I welcome your story ideas, and feedback.

Recent Articles

  • Virginia students test well… minus math

    Posted on: 1:06 pm, August 14, 2012, by , updated on: 01:07pm, August 14, 2012

    Results varied widely on the regional level.
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    SOL Math
  • Students march to City Hall, need new band director

    Posted on: 1:11 pm, August 13, 2012, by and , updated on: 01:41pm, August 13, 2012

    Without a band director, the students were not allowed to practice.
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  • High school students suffer heat exhaustion at football practice

    Posted on: 6:16 pm, August 9, 2012, by and , updated on: 08:59am, August 10, 2012

    Some parents remain concerned about the safety of their kids' training, while others say it is part of the yearly ritual.
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  • Suspected cop impersonator drove expensive cars

    Posted on: 6:59 pm, August 8, 2012, by

    A fearless foray into the art of police impersonation could land one Richmond man in some hot water.
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  • CAMPAIGN 2012: Are latest negative ads true?

    Posted on: 7:15 pm, August 7, 2012, by , updated on: 07:38pm, August 7, 2012

    Both parties have denied the other side’s charges, characterizing the ads as distorted or just plain wrong.
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  • State rejects Romney request to investigate voter registration forms

    Posted on: 12:24 pm, August 6, 2012, by and , updated on: 07:47pm, August 6, 2012

    Romney campaign questions if Voter Participation Center violated election laws.
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  • Romney small business backers accept government help also

    Posted on: 7:55 pm, July 26, 2012, by , updated on: 11:41am, July 27, 2012

    Some Richmond-area small business owners targeting Pres. Obama’s recent remarks about entrepreneurs have benefited from government assistance.
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  • Latest Short Pump project concerns homeowners

    Posted on: 6:56 pm, July 24, 2012, by , updated on: 10:58am, July 25, 2012

    Theobald says the company has reached out to local residents, many of whom, like Sullivan, oppose the type of development being proposed.
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  • Richmond strip club lawsuit may move forward

    Posted on: 6:45 pm, July 17, 2012, by and , updated on: 06:47pm, July 17, 2012

    Charges will likely be streamlined in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the Paper Moon Strip Club.
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  • Giuliani stumps for Romney in Henrico

    Posted on: 2:10 pm, July 13, 2012, by and , updated on: 02:45pm, July 13, 2012

    Sam Brock asked Giuliani how he could campaign for Romney based on some of the remarks he's made in the past.
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  • Incumbent stepping into traditionally conservative stronghold

    Posted on: 8:31 pm, July 11, 2012, by

    On Saturday, President Obama will make a campaign stop at the Walkerton Tavern to push his economic agenda and lobby Americans for his middle-class tax cut proposal.
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  • State Sen. Yvonne Miller’s legacy

    Posted on: 7:36 pm, July 5, 2012, by , updated on: 06:50am, July 6, 2012

    The first African-American woman to serve in both Virginia’s House and Senate, Miller died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.
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