Samantha has brought breaking news on local and world affairs to Australia’s screens for several years now. Her Canberra beginnings as a political correspondent for Sky News caught the attention of Seven’s team and Samantha moved to the network in 2003. She has been the face who brought us the Bali bombings, the start of the Iraq War, Schapelle Corby’s journey and the Bali-9. An articulate and exceptional presenter Samantha is regularly contracted for corporate hosting and Emcee work.
Samantha is one of the country’s most versatile news and current affairs presenters.
Samantha’s wealth of television experience rewarded her with a career-defining role as co-host of the Network Seven’s award-winning breakfast show, Sunrise, in June 2013.
Prior to this, Samantha co-hosted the Seven Network’s Weekend Sunrise and presented the afternoon national news bulletin. She also regularly filled in on Seven’s major news bulletins: Sunrise, The Morning Show, Today Tonight as well as regularly filing stories for Sunday Night.
In Samantha’s 15 years working as a journalist in the Australian media, she has covered some of our biggest, breaking news stories.
She regularly travelled to Bali in 2005, to cover Schapelle Corby’s trial and broke the news of the arrest of the Bali 9 live from Denpasar. She’s reported from East Timor, Christmas Island, New Zealand, the United States and the UK.
She covered Michael Jackson’s funeral in LA, the start of the Iraq war and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London. Sam also covered the Pike River Mine Disaster in NZ, this coverage earned Samantha and her news team a Logie for “Most Outstanding News Coverage" in 2011.
Samantha has reported on many of Australia’s national disasters from the QLD flood crisis in 2010, the northern-NSW floods in 2005 and the deadly Canberra bushfires in 2003.
She did the last live interview with John Howard as Prime Minister in 2007. Samantha has also interviewed many visiting superstars, including Kylie Minogue, Matt Damon, Sting, Russell Brand, Buzz Aldrin, Seal, Daniel Radcliffe, HRH Princess Mary of Denmark and many more.
In 2011, Samantha was asked by the Seven Network to appear in Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. Despite never having danced a step before in her life, she became a favourite with the audience and made it through to the semi-finals.
Samantha graduated from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst - with a major in Broadcast Journalism and minors in American Politics and Marketing. Sam started her career at WIN News in Canberra before moving to Sky News in the Parliament House Press Gallery, as political correspondent in 2002. She then joined Channel Seven in Sydney in 2003.
When she’s not at work, Samantha loves travelling. She enjoys golf and tennis, is a keen snow skier and is passionate about horse racing. Samantha grew up in country NSW and is a huge supporter of rural Australia.
Samantha Armytage did a fantastic job, she worked extremely well with Mark Beretta and their synergy was immediately evident. She was nothing short of pleasant. Constantly mingling with guests and nothing was too much effort.
Tim – Star City