Samara Freemark

Public Insight Network

Reporter/producer Samara Freemark joined the Public Insight Network after four years at Radio Diaries in New York City, where she spent her time helping ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories for NPR. In the process, she developed an unshakeable belief in the beauty and power of personal narrative.

Before Radio Diaries Samara worked as an environmental reporter, a posting that took her to sinking islands, Superfund sites, and literal snakepits – Burmese pythons, to be exact. She also churned out copy and tape in the newsroom of WUOM Ann Arbor. Before settling on a career in radio she tried out policy research, community organizing, and urban planning before deciding she preferred soundwaves to spreadsheets.

Recent Posts


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Taking brain injury from combat to campus

Traumatic brain injury often causes trouble with concentration, reading comprehension and memory -- the very things that would likely prevent academic success. For veterans attempting to navigate the rhythms of college life, they can spell disaster.

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When the GI Bill isn’t enough

Student veterans tell us how much they love the benefits offered to them in the Post-9/11 GI Bill. But those benefits still can't guarantee success -- especially on campuses unprepared to serve students returning from war.

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Student veterans: What’s your story?

We want your help telling the story of the student veteran experience. Tell us what it's been like to transition from the military to the classroom. What's been easy? What's been difficult? How is the GI Bill working for you?

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Counting student veterans, finally

Nearly 5 years after the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect, there's no authoritative data on its progress. But this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and student-veteran groups are pairing up to change that.