Samantha Marshall is a U.S.-based ghostwriter and freelance journalist with more than 20 years’ experience reporting for top business and news outlets around the world. A former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and Vietnam, the Pulitzer-nominated journalist has written, co-authored and edited more than 20 non-fiction books, including many Amazon bestsellers, as well as BusinessWeek, Publisher’s Weekly and two New York Times bestsellers.
Samantha’s most recent work includes two celebrity advice books, a retail business guide, as well as inspirational non-fiction books with Hollywood vocal coach Denise Woods (The Power of Voice) and USTA Chair Katrina Adams (Own the Arena). Reviews have been glowing and sales robust.
Other projects in the works include a thought leadership book on sustainability and “Be the Calm or the Storm” by Below Deck Mediterranean’s Captain Sandy Yawn, about the powerful lessons on leadership the author learned at the helm of a mega yacht. Both books are set for release in Fall 2022.
Samantha was a senior staff reporter for Crain’s New York Business, where she covered international business, education and music. She left to pursue a full-time career in ghostwriting and, when not meeting deadlines for major publishing houses, she has freelanced for Marie Claire, Town & Country, Crain’s New York Business, Forbes, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. She also writes for PwC’s Strategy+Business Magazine and Columbia Business School’s Sanford C. Bernstein & Co’s Center for Leadership and Ethics newsletter.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario and educated in Canada and England, Samantha has enjoyed a long and varied career as a journalist. In 1991, after finishing her graduate degree at the University of London’s Royal Holloway College in England, she moved to Hong Kong, where she reported on regional economic and political stories for The South China Morning Post. In 1993 she relocated to Cambodia to cover the first UN-sponsored elections for Reuters, The Financial Times, and The Observer. She returned to Hong Kong a year later to join The Wall Street Journal.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Western Ontario in Canada and earned a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, with Distinction, from University of London’s Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in England.
Throughout her extensive career, the range of topics Samantha has covered has been so diverse it’s hard to categorize her as one kind of writer. But her varied repertoire is precisely what makes her stand out. Whether she is covering “fox dung” coffee in Vietnam or hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’ take on 360-degree marketing in the music industry, she has one rule that never changes: