Sammi King


Sammi King is a freelance writer who has been writing for the Daily Herald since 1997. In her position as the Batavia columnist, she writes about the fascinating people in her hometown for the Tri-Cities edition. She also writes for the Daily Herald's Homes section, specializing in stories about old house restoration.

Her entry into journalism began in high school when she wrote a weekly column, "Bulldog Barks," for the local paper, The Batavia Herald. After graduating from Knox College, she studied advertising management at Northwestern University. King spent 15 years in corporate advertising before returning to journalism as a freelancer. King is also a singer who enjoys combining her writing and musical talents in the form of songwriting. She has written four musicals for children.

A fourth generation Batavian, Sammi and her husband spend their spare time restoring their 161-year-old Victorian home on the city's west side.

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Making memories: How family traditions keep Christmas special

Dec 20 2016 | 8:34 am - Holiday decorations, recipes and other traditions help keep Christmas special, especially as they are handed down from one generation to another.

Plant-based cooking classes teach nutrition, cancer prevention

Nov 23 2016 | 8:34 am - Fox Valley Food for Health has launched Caring Cooks, plant-based cooking classes to teach healthy nutrition and cancer prevention.

Haunted Quarry, BatFest add fun to Batavia this Saturday

Oct 19 2016 | 1:13 pm - Downtown Batavia is the place to be this Saturday, what with BatFest, the farmers market and the Haunted Quarry.

Batavia House Walk features homes decorated for the holidays

Sep 21 2016 | 7:11 am - Batavia will be buzzing with excitement this weekend with visitors and residents alike in town for the popular Batavia MainStreet House Walk.

Big Rock Plowing Match a tradition for Batavia family

Sep 14 2016 | 3:37 pm - Rural roots run strong in the Thomas family of Batavia. Since 1895, family members have been involved in the Big Rock Plowing Match, which takes place this weekend.

Historic exhibit to honor Batavia Fire Department’s 150th anniversary

Aug 30 2016 | 3:26 pm - A historic exhibit with photos and memorabilia to honor the Batavia Fire Department’s 150th anniversary will open Sept. 7.

‘Legendary Dudas’ show creator hails from Batavia

Jul 13 2016 | 2:30 pm - A new show about the trials of middle school has its roots in Batavia. Kevin Jakubowski’s ‘Legendary Dudas’ premiered July 9 on Nickelodeon.

Over the Hill Trio comes to Townhouse Cafe June 8-10

May 24 2016 | 7:10 pm - Geneva residents Candace Thomas Kless and Dr. James Pritchard are joined by Sammi King of Batavia as members of the Over the Hill Trio. The trio returns June 8-10 with this year’s show, “Lerner and Loewe to Manilow,” to...

Former Batavian shares stories about beloved pastor

May 23 2016 | 3:14 pm - Former Batavian Patty Vest Mugavero has written a recollection about the Rev. Gilbert Johnstone, a former pastor at First Baptist Church.

Batavia woodworker has a passion for intarsia

May 19 2016 | 9:02 am - A Batavia woodworker has spent 25 years honing his skills at intarsia, a wood inlay art.

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