Samantha Berg grew up in Great Neck, New York and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York in 1989. Sam was hired at SeaWorld of Florida six months after graduating from college when she was 22-years-old. Sam worked at the Orlando park for 3 1/2 years, from February 1990 to the end of August 1993 and she was working at Shamu stadium when Tilikum - the killer whale responsible for the deaths of three people - arrived in Orlando from Sealand of the Pacific. Sam has appeared on the CBS Early Show, Fox and Friends and on NBC to offer her perspective as an ex-SeaWorld trainer on the ethics of killer whale captivity and trainer safety. She is also a character in David Kirby's popular non-fiction book, "Death at SeaWorld" and she is one of the former Seaworld Trainers featured in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Sundance 2013 selected film, "Blackfish" which is receiving acclaimed reviews and heart-felt embraces by audiences around the world as it makes it way through the 2013 film festival season. Along with her husband, Kevin Meddleton, Sam is a co-owner of an Acupuncture Center and Meditation Studio in Palmer, Alaska and she and her husband also host a weekly radio show called, "Bridge to Everywhere" on www.RadioFreePalmer.org.
Marine mammal activists Wayne Pacelle, Mark Palmer, Ric O’Barry and Samantha Berg joined George Knapp for a discussion on the new film Blackfish, which exposes what goes on behind the scenes at Sea World, whale/dolphin captivity and marine welfare. ... More »Host: George Knapp