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Sam Robinson

Sam Robinson

Sam Robinson is a reporter for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

She recently joined the faculty at California State University Monterey Bay as an assistant professor of journalism and digital media. Her research and professional writing address agriculture representation and coverage by media, as well as current issues in agriculture.

She also serves as the associate publisher of the Gateway Journalism Reviewpublished by the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she received her Ph D.

Sam is a farm-kid from Kansas. She grew up on a family farm in southeast Kansas where she hauled hay, moved cattle, trucked wheat and did whatever else her dad instructed her to do.

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Salmonella Could Be Beef Industry’s New Biggest Challenge

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This article was originally published on August 2 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” Salmonella-tainted ground beef could be the biggest challenge facing the industry, said a leading beef researcher. Scientists have realized they may have misidentified the source of Salmonella in beef cattle. They now… Continue Reading

The Big Five: Most Common Salmonella Strains in Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

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This article was originally published on August 2 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” An estimated 1.2 million Salmonella-related illnesses occur each year in the United States. Approximately 400 people die. While Salmonella is most often associated with poultry products, outbreaks are linked to a wide… Continue Reading

Caged or Cage-Free? Debate Continues on Safest Method to House Laying Hens

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This article was originally published on July 31 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” John Miller walks across the lime-covered floor of his chicken barn and steps out a small door into an open field in rural Campbell Hill, IL. The fenced-in space is about an acre… Continue Reading

Eggs in Nationwide 2010 Recall Had USDA Mark of Quality

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This article was originally published on July 31 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” In August 2010, Wright County Egg of Galt, IA, announced a nationwide voluntary recall of shell eggs. Later that month, another Iowa farm owned by Wright County Egg conducted a nationwide recall as… Continue Reading