Talking about her book ‘Shine – Making the most of life without losing yourself’ Samantha Armytage has been quoted saying “I’ve always been conscious of keeping my feet on the ground while retaining the values my parents instilled in me.” In today’s clip, Deborah asks Samantha if she has had to compromise her values along the way … “I’ve pushed down my values on too many occasions and then I just got to a point where I thought ‘no bugger it, this is who I am’. And that comes with confidence, with ageing and knowing your own power”.
They go on to discuss the importance of knowing what your values are, and how Samantha took time to think about hers and record them in her book. We all have different values – it’s like our DNA – uniquely individual but great to know and live from.
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.