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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Batavia woodworker has a passion for intarsia

May 19 2016 | 10:02 am - A Batavia woodworker has spent 25 years honing his skills at intarsia, a wood inlay art.

Batavia to celebrate Loyalty Day with parade

May 10 2016 | 11:14 am - The Batavia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 is gearing up for its 42nd Loyalty Day Parade, which takes place Sunday, May 1.

Batavia teen donates 1,500 books to Little City

Mar 30 2016 | 1:19 pm - When Nicole Schwarzbauer of Batavia was looking for an idea for a service project, she only had to go as far as her family bookshelf. The Aurora Central Catholic High School senior organized a book drive to benefit Little City in Palatine.

IMSA grad creates, markets award-winning 3D puzzle

Feb 08 2016 | 3:29 pm - Batavia native and IMSA graduate Dane Christianson never thought he’d be an entrepreneur, but the X-CUBE puzzle he invented has led to the development of his own company, Moving Parts. The puzzle is sold online and at toy and game stores.

High school drama teacher writes, directs new adaptation of ‘Little Women’

Jan 26 2016 | 3:40 pm - When the cast of “Little Women” takes the stage at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, it will be showcasing a new adaptation of the classic novel. This play is written by Batavia High School drama teacher Joshua Casburn and his wife, Heidi.

Batavia grad making his mark in the business community

Dec 16 2015 | 4:54 pm - Batavia High School grad, Michael Preuss, ’06, is making his mark in the Chicago business community. The young entrepreneur is CEO and co-founder of Visible, a company that provides a software program for entrepreneurs and investors.

Still active at 99: Batavia woman marks milestone birthday

Nov 11 2015 | 5:14 pm - How does one reach the remarkable age of 99? All it takes is friends, family, and football. And a nightly nip of port wine doesn’t hurt. Janet Burke’s appearance belies her many years. Always perfectly coiffed and dressed to the nines,...

Pet costume contest adds fun to this year’s BatFest

Oct 20 2015 | 3:59 pm - BatFest is a family-friendly Halloween themed-event in downtown Batavia. New this year is a pet contest.

Cubs fever strikes in Batavia

Sep 23 2015 | 3:47 pm - It was some sort of strange virus. My temperature was 101. All I wanted to do was sit and watch TV for long periods of time -- nine innings, to be exact. Could it be that I had Cubs fever, something I hadn’t suffered since 2009?

Mattress fundraiser supports Batavia music programs

Aug 18 2015 | 9:03 pm - Is it time to replace your old mattress? Custom Fundraising Solutions will be bringing name-brand mattresses to the Batavia High School cafeteria on Saturday, Aug. 22, to support the Batavia Music Buffs, the fundraising group for music programs in...

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