Sam Meddis is an adjunct professor of Film and Video Studies. He is also an adjunct professor of Journalism at American University. He has a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in video from George Mason University. In addition to video production, he studied film theory and the cinema of China and Japan.
Meddis is the former video team lead at USA TODAY, where he oversaw an award-winning group of video journalists and helped to develop a digital video strategy focused on expanding production and spreading visual-storytelling skills across the newsroom. He was previously a USA TODAY deputy managing editor, a role in which he helped oversee news coverage and operations of usatoday.com, coordinated training programs for print and online editorial staff, and supervised the editorial technology group.
He is a founding member both of usatoday.com and USA TODAY the newspaper. Beginning at the paper’s founding in 1982, he served as lead reporter covering the U.S. Justice Department, FBI, and CIA. In 1995, he became founding technology editor for usatoday.com.
His reporting has won a number of awards, including: a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, a Unity Award for Investigative Reporting from Lincoln University’s Department of Journalism, a Champion of Justice award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a public service award from Investigative Reporters & Editors.