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

  • Downtown city building partially collapses, tenants inside

    Posted on: 7:33 pm, May 21, 2012, by and , updated on: 09:25pm, May 21, 2012

    Piles of cement blocks, bricks and steel beams now sit heaped outside of 219 E. Grace Street, downtown Richmond. No one was injured.
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  • ACLU fired up about Bob Marshall’s ‘sodomy’ stance

    Posted on: 9:24 pm, May 18, 2012, by and , updated on: 11:39pm, May 18, 2012

    State Delegate Bob Marshall, who led the charge to nix Tracy Thorne-Begland's nomination because of the Richmond prosecutor's 'activist history' fighting for gay rights, appeared on CNN Thursday night.
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  • Police respond to Church Hill resident claims

    Posted on: 6:42 pm, May 15, 2012, by

    Lieutenant Ronnie Armstead said that police officers absolutely responded to the emergency calls.
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  • NEIGHBORS: 30 teenagers threw bricks at homes, cars

    Posted on: 7:36 pm, May 14, 2012, by and , updated on: 07:25am, May 15, 2012

    Smashed windows and dented cars littered a Church Hill
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  • Growing ‘dog flipping’ trend angers breeders

    Posted on: 7:13 pm, May 11, 2012, by and , updated on: 10:27pm, May 11, 2012

    “I take a picture of everyone when they're leaving, and I can tell who's coming here," one breeder said, as an additional safeguard.
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  • What will new ruling mean for DOJ settlement with state?

    Posted on: 6:37 pm, May 10, 2012, by and , updated on: 07:06pm, May 10, 2012

    There is a twist in Virginia's landmark settlement with the US Department of Justice regarding how the state cares for people with intellectual disabilities.
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  • Black voters maneuvered and manipulated for political advantage?

    Posted on: 11:11 pm, May 8, 2012, by , updated on: 06:38am, May 9, 2012

    Are Virginia lawmakers guilty of maneuvering and manipulating black voters for political advantage?
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  • Group of teens accused of beating man, stealing bike

    Posted on: 7:01 pm, May 4, 2012, by , updated on: 07:02pm, May 4, 2012

    One resident thinks the attack was prompted by a bunch of bored kids just looking for someone to beat up.
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  • NFL Hall-of-Famer weighs in on head injury dangers, lawsuit

    Posted on: 6:55 pm, May 3, 2012, by , updated on: 06:59pm, May 3, 2012

    The death of former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau has struck a deep chord in the NFL community, as well as parents of student-athletes across the country.
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  • Sen. Warner, others at groundbreaking for new Petersburg library

    Posted on: 11:23 am, April 30, 2012, by and , updated on: 11:54am, April 30, 2012

    Once completed, the city says its new library will be nearly four times the size of its old library.
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  • Will justice department strike down Va. Voter ID law?

    Posted on: 8:53 pm, April 12, 2012, by , updated on: 09:34pm, April 12, 2012

    In a General Assembly session crammed with debate and controversy, one issue that hadn’t received as much attention- until now- is the passage of stricter voter ID laws.
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  • Coal regulations a job killer?

    Posted on: 6:49 pm, April 5, 2012, by and , updated on: 06:52pm, April 5, 2012

    The pros and cons of new coal regulations from the EPA.
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