This week we’re starting an occasional series, where we will be releasing never-been-seen-before footage from some of our favourite guest interviews. Body image is always a hot topic and when Deborah sat down with the delightful Samantha Armytage to talk about the launch of her book ‘Shine – Making the most of life without losing yourself’ she asked Samantha how she deals with media pressure to look perfect all the time. As Sam, who has had her share of negative press on this issue says, “If someone is out there and doing their best in the world, and they’re not a perfect size 8, that is no reason to attack them. I’m a journalist, not a model”.
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. In Samantha’s 15 years working as a journalist in the Australian media, she has covered some of our biggest, breaking news stories.
She’s reported from East Timor, Christmas Island, New Zealand, the United States and the UK. 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.
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.