Samantha started her career in 2007 as a CNNI intern at CNN . In 2008 she was a Biz News intern there. In 2009 she served as a Newsroom intern at WSYR-TV 9 (East Syracuse, NY) . In 2009-2010, Bresnahan worked as a Video journalist at CNN and Associate Producer of CNN International. From 2010 and until now, Samantha has been a Producer of CNN International Special Projects. 
In 2009 Samantha received a B.A in Broadcast journalism and International relations from Syracuse University and in 2018 she obtained M.F.A. in Narrative nonfiction from Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.