Sam Kmack is an investigative reporter for AZCIR, covering a range of topics across Arizona for a yearlong fellowship supported in part by the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship. He’s a recent graduate from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. While at USC he was an editor at the university’s student-lead newsroom, Annenberg Media, where he oversaw coverage of South L.A. In 2019 he worked on The Beacon Project, USC’s award-winning student investigative reporting team, where he reported on topics such as the admissions scandal and inequities in disability accommodations for the SAT. His work has been published in LAist, Annenberg Media and Intersections South L.A.