This is the site for Sam Eifling, a writer, editor and photographer. I'm an American journalist living in Toronto, Ontario.
If you're the sort of person who pays people like me, here are some particulars. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, I've covered news, sports and culture for daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and the Web for more than 10 years. After internships at the Columbus Dispatch (sports), the Lexington Herald-Leader (news, sports, copy desk), the Miami Herald (features) and the Chicago Tribune (metro desk), I fact-checked at New York magazine for a brief spell, then moved to Melbourne, Fla., where I wrote features for Florida Today. From the daily in central Florida I moved to Fort Lauderdale, where I worked as a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach for nearly three years, there winning national and regional awards for long-form stories. (My favorite pieces: a kamikaze death, the voyeurism of ass-kickings, a down-and-out former gambling fixer, a kerfuffle over a new mosque, a grieving and self-immolating military dad, a daft Marlins manager, a hard-luck VA nurse, pious bullriders, chasing game in the Amazon ... good times, all.) I ditched to take an editorial internship at Harper's Magazine, then left New York for Little Rock and a company ESPN hired to chronicle the outdoors and rodeo. As features editor for those sites, I covered fishing, hunting and oddball Americana from Puget Sound to the Tamiami Trail to Walter Reed, and edited both deadline and non-deadline copy.
Then the money ran out — so completely, in fact, that live links to past ESPN stories don't even exist. I regrouped and went to report for most of a year at Arkansas Business, a weekly journal in Little Rock, before heading to British Columbia to ski and eat poutine and advance my storytelling skills. To pay the bills, I freelance — for the likes of Slate, for the Arkansas Times, Pacific Standard (nee Miller-McCune), the Columbia Journalism Review and others (ESPN The Magazine, for instance). I write regularly for Deadspin and review films for the Arkansas Times.
In 2013, my first year in Toronto, I worked as a chase producer for CBC Toronto's Metro Morning, served as Gawker's "Toronto operative" in some of its Rob Ford coverage and helped produce and edit a radio pilot for Antica Productions. During the summer I received a reporting grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and helped raise more than $26,000 online to support another reporter and me to cover the Exxon pipeline oil spill in Mayflower, Ark., with the Arkansas Times and InsideClimate News. Two of our longer stories you can find here and here. They made a fan of, among other folks, Rachel Maddow. (On the serious: thanks again if you donated to that project.)
If you need to get ahold of me, Gmail works: sameifling at. You can also follow me on Twitter.