Samantha Harris Shapiro (born November 27, 1973 in Hopkins, Minnesota), is an American TV presenter. Most notably, she is co-host of Dancing with the Stars with Tom Bergeron.
Harris was born Samantha Harris Shapiro and raised in Hopkins, Minnesota. Her late father, Richard Shapiro, was a rock 'n' roll promoter; and her mother, Bonnie Harris Shapiro, was a dancer. In 1972, the two founded one of the country's first renaissance festivals, King Richard's Faire, which continues to this day.
On September 23, 2007, Harris gave birth to her daughter Josselyn Sydney Hess and missed the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars for season five. She returned on October 15, 2007. Drew Lachey, winner of season two, filled in for the first three weeks of competition while Harris was out.
Harris had a Jewish upbringing and received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating with honors in 1996.
Harris currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Michael Hess, a financial wholesaler, and their daughter Josselyn Sydney Hess.