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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Former owner to explore history of gas stations in Fox Valley

May 16 2018 | 4:18 pm - Former St. Charles service station owner Archie Bentz Jr. will lead a roundtable discussion on the history of gas stations in the Fox Valley.

ShamRock & Roll fundraiser will support Batavia Depot expansion

Mar 06 2018 | 9:10 am - On Saturday, March 17, the Batavia Woman’s Club is sponsoring a ShamRock & Roll fundraiser with a portion of the ticket price benefiting the Depot Museum.

Meet owners of Energy City Brewing, Batavia’s first nanobrewery

Feb 28 2018 | 4:49 pm - Heidi and David Files, owners of Batavia’s first nanobrewery, Energy City Brewing, are passionate about their new business.

Batavia recalls Saturday Evening Post cover of town

Dec 29 2017 | 3:28 pm - It's hard to believe that 60 years have passed since John Falter's painting “Fox River Ice-Skating,” depicting a scene in Batavia, appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1958.

Retired veterans remember holidays spent away from family

Dec 20 2017 | 5:06 pm - Being stationed far from home during the holidays is difficult on those who serve, as well as on their families.

How Batavia builder is rehabbing 111-year-old school

Dec 06 2017 | 2:37 pm - The 111-year-old Blaine Street School building in Batavia is being transformed into a residential duplex by local builder Mike Spillane.

The Holmstad to hold annual bazaar Saturday

Sep 28 2017 | 10:01 am - If you have never been to The Holmstad’s annual bazaar, this is the year to go, as it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

New book by local writer a keeper

Aug 01 2017 | 1:24 pm - Latest book by local writer is a touching look at life.

Batavia gathers to remember Craig Sager

Jul 10 2017 | 2:45 pm - Batavia native Craig Sager, a sportscaster who died in December from leukemia, will be remembered by friends and family with a special gathering on Thursday, July 13, at Batavia High School.

Raise the maypole and celebrate summer at Scandinavian festivals

Jun 14 2017 | 1:38 pm - Two Scandinavian-themed midsummer festivals this weekend will welcome the season in Geneva and South Elgin.

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