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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Find bargains at Batavia’s citywide garage sale

May 03 2017 | 1:01 pm - Download the map and bring plenty of cash. It’s citywide garage sale weekend in Batavia.

All-City Band Concert marks 50 years of school music in Batavia

Mar 21 2017 | 2:39 pm - This year more than 700 band students from all eight public schools will come together in the Batavia High School gym to celebrate a part of Batavia’s musical history.

Batavia retiree exhibits, sells artwork

Mar 08 2017 | 2:41 pm - Retired physicist and self-taught artist Chuck Taylor is exhibiting his work at the Holmstad in Batavia.

Like ‘Monty Python?’ Check out ‘Incorruptible’

Feb 28 2017 | 2:43 pm - Albright Theatre Company’s production of ‘Incorruptible’ takes a look at the lighter side of monks, holy relics and medieval monasteries.

Batavia students write, perform new version of ‘Robin Hood’

Jan 24 2017 | 3:27 pm - What happens when a magic spell changes a classic story into a zany, crazy comedy? That magic spell gives the legend of Robin Hood and his merry band of men a new twist or two.

Making memories: How family traditions keep Christmas special

Dec 20 2016 | 9:34 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 | 9:34 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 | 2:13 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 | 8:11 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 | 4:37 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.

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