Director of Strategic Communications
- Bachelor's: Penn State
Steve Sampsell has worked at Penn State since 2000, with the past 13 years in the College of Communications. His duties include all aspects of communications and external relations for the College -- publications, the web site, special events and more. As an adjunct instructor, he also teaches introductory news writing and reporting, sports writing and a freshmen seminar.
He also continues to complete freelance work for Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics and general assignments that appear in several different publications.
Sampsell has served on numerous University-wide committees and collaborative efforts at Penn State, partnering with many colleges and units on campus for process-related endeavors on campus as well as charitable efforts. He has been honored with the Deans' Excellence Award in the College of Communications. In 2014, he earned the University-wide Barash Award for Human Service.
Before joining the College of Communications, he worked in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. Before that, he was the assistant sports editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College. His award-winning journalism career also included nine years at the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh. A member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America, he has covered college football and basketball, high school sports, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and three Super Bowls. He continues to regularly cover radio and TV sports with a regular blog (talkingtvsports.com) and regionally distributed column. He started his journalism career as associate editor of the Lock Haven (Pa.) Express.
He has also self-published two books for his college-bound daughters -- titled "Men Are Pigs: 93 Things a Dad Wants His Daughter to Know About College" and "It's Not a Big Deal: A Dad's Book of Advice About What Matters and What Does Not for His College-Bound Daughter."
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