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Samantha Marshall
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Samantha Marshall is a New York-based freelance journalist and ghost writer with 20 years experience reporting for top business and news publications around the world. She has published two books, with another one due for release later this year.

After finishing her graduate degree at the University of London in England she moved to Hong Kong, where she began as a freelance journalist writing on the garment and fashion industries for Women’s Wear Daily, and reported on regional economic and political stories for The South China Morning Post.

In 1997, Samantha was assigned to Hanoi, Vietnam, where she served as Vietnam bureau chief for the AWSJ. Highlights of her coverage in Vietnam include a page one feature, published in August 1999, about a young Vietnamese woman who was kidnapped and trafficked across the border into China to be sold as a bride. The article was nominated for a Pulitzer in 2000.

After nine years overseas, Samantha left the AWSJ to travel and return home to North America. After a brief stint as a freelancer for publications such as the Washington Post, she joined Crain’s in June, 2001.

Samantha has co-written and published nine books, including bestsellers, with authors as diverse as Queen Latifah, business consultant George Cloutier and the OWN network's Pamela Slaton.

Throughout her extensive career, the range of topics Samantha has covered has been so diverse it’s hard to box her in as one kind of writer. But her varied repertoire is precisely what makes her stand out. Whether she is covering “fox dung” coffee in Vietnam or hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’ take on 360-degree marketing in the music industry, Samantha has one rule that never changes:

“Always tell a good story.”

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Public Urination -- It's Baaack!

(23) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Now that the two candidates have been decided for our next mayoral election, I'd like to share with them a story that pretty much sums up life on the streets of New York after three terms under the Bloomberg administration:

It was a perfect September day. The sun was shining...

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A Taste of Americana in the Catskill Woods

(6) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 1:22 PM

Jed Hilly, head of the Americana Music Association in Nashville, had a homework assignment for me. He was trying to explain what it was about Americana -- an eclectic gumbo of indie American roots music from bluegrass to folk, blues, rock and country -- that puts it in a class...

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Sausage the Riot Dog Speaks

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 1:09 PM

Around the world, 2011 was the year the dog barked, and no one did it better than Loukanikos, or Sausage, the Greek Riot Dog. Honored with his own photo gallery in Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" issue, Sausage is finally getting his due.

This stray yellow mutt...

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Why Us? How the Commuter Tax Chips Away at the Self-Sufficient Self-Employed

(6) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 10:44 AM

Today I wrote a check for $400 to the New York State tax department and I'm not sure why. The form says "Estimated Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax," and it requires me to pay 34 cents on every $100 I earn above $10,000. Ouch!

Apparently the cost of the MTA's...

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Scoop that Poop: A Pedestrian's Plea to NYC Dog Owners

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 10:52 PM

The other day I was leaving a store on Manhattan's Upper East Side, excited to be wearing the strappy new pair of sandals I'd just bought. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a woman taking her Pomeranian for its daily constitutional. The dog did its business by...

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New York to Nashville: Two Manhattan Liberals Boldly Go Forth into America's Heartland

(15) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 8:48 AM

For this year's summer vacation, my partner and fellow blogger Nelson Montana and I decided to venture outside of our Manhattan bubble and head for a little getaway - far away as it turns out. We embarked on a road trip to the South. That's right, two liberal New Yorkers...

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Symphony of Sirens

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM

New Bike Paths and Pedestrian Zones are Swell, Mr. Mayor, but Free Bose Headphones Would Get My Vote

The other day I tried a little experiment. Between my trumpet playing neighbor practicing his scales and the drilling being done to the exterior my building, I was feeling the need...

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