Sam Schlinkert

Hi! I’m Sam

I'm an editor and programmer based in New York. I'm currently employed as an editor at CNN Plus, CNN's forthcoming streaming service. Before that I spent about ten years as a social media editor. I also write code sometimes.

Here are some things I can do.

You can find me on Twitter, GitHub, and LinkedIn. From time to time I write about books, text editors, code, etc.


Here are some of my favorite coding projects from over the years, organized by language. You can browse my coding blog or GitHub profile for more examples.

Rust Command Line Tools and Other Projects

Javascript Games

Ruby and Rails

Python and Flask

Social Media Editing

I was a Social Media Producer at CNN from 2015 to 2021, primarily working with CNN's Facebook account. Our social media team won a Webby and a Murrow Award for our coverage of the 2016 election. I also compiled and analyzed social media analytics and created Slack bots for our teams, using Rust, Ruby and Python. Additionally, I maintained technical documentation for the team, using mdbook.

Before that I held similar positions at BuzzFeed News and Newsweek & The Daily Beast, focusing on running both organizations' Twitter and Facebook accounts.


You can read my most recent, more technical writing on my GitHub-hosted blog, including a guide for using a password manager, an overview of my Vim configuration, and notes on my Linux setup.

While at Newsweek and The Daily Beast I reported a few articles. Here are some favorites:

More casually, I've written posts on Medium about 10 tech gadgets I've enjoyed using, a call for text-file preferences, and mechanical keyboards. And for something more poetic, check out this dreamy travel diary of a trip to Los Angeles in 2011.


You can reach me via Direct Message or @reply on Twitter. For more secure methods of contacting me, check the link(s) in my Twitter bio.