Samuel Oakford

New York

Video Forensics Reporter

Education: Binghamton University, BA in Geography

Samuel Oakford is a video reporter for The Washington Post's Visual Forensics team. Before joining The Post, he worked as a senior journalist at Storyful and a reporter for Vice News at the United Nations. He was also a reporter for the civilian harm monitor Airwars and conducted open source investigations for Bellingcat's Yemen Project.
Latest from Samuel Oakford

America underwater

A review of extreme flooding events this summer showed FEMA's flood maps are failing to fully inform Americans of flood risk in rural and urban areas.

December 6, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Zelensky hails ‘historic day’ as Ukrainian troops take city of Kherson

Russia said Friday that it had finished withdrawing its troops from the western bank of the Dnieper River in Kherson.

November 11, 2022

Ukraine live briefing: Ukrainian troops advance on Kherson with caution; U.S. to send more air defenses

Ukraine's announcement comes after Russia said it will evacuate its troops from the strategic city of Kherson and its surrounding area.

November 10, 2022

    Here’s how the Seoul Halloween crush happened

    The crush in Seoul happened in the Itaewon neighborhood. Videos reveal a timeline of how the tragedy unfolded.

    October 30, 2022

      Hour-by-hour analysis shows toll of county’s delay before Hurricane Ian

      A Washington Post analysis of weather advisories, emergency notifications and interviews paints a stark picture of confusion on the ground as Ian approached Florida's Lee County.

      October 14, 2022

      Russians rebel as Putin drafts more people in battle for Ukraine

      From Dagestan to Moscow to Siberia, dissent has been documented in videos from across Russia since Putin's mobilization announcement on Sept. 21.

      September 29, 2022

      Here’s what Russian soldiers left behind when they withdrew from Izyum

      Videos verified by The Washington Post show the equipment Russian troops left behind as they retreated from Izyum, a strategic city southeast of Kharkiv.

      September 13, 2022

      ‘Ammo! Ammo!’ Video shows close combat in Ukraine offensive.

      First-person videos verified by The Post offer a rare glimpse of tense fighting in a war largely defined by long-range artillery.

      September 10, 2022

      At least six explosions hit Crimea air base in nearly an hour

      The Post analyzed videos, spoke to witnesses and consulted experts, confirming that at least six explosions rocked the air base in the span of almost an hour.

      August 14, 2022

      What we know about the blast that killed Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka

      A Washington Post review of satellite imagery, videos, and interviews with former detainees and experts raises questions about the Russian claim that a Ukrainian HIMARS-launched attack killed at least 50 people at a prison on the outskirts of Olenivka on July 29.

      August 6, 2022