Samantha is a broadcaster, influential blogger, conference host and motivational speaker.
Samantha has been a journalist for more than 20 years covering the 9/11 terror attacks, July 7th bombings and Soham murders while at the BBC. During her 10 years presenting at Sky News, Samantha anchored coverage of some of the biggest stories of the decade including the deaths of Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, the murder of British MP Jo Cox, the EU referendum, the last 2 general elections and the terror attacks in Tunisia and Brussels.
Samantha has interviewed prime ministers, pop stars, FTSE 100 bosses and of course ordinary people going through extraordinary experiences.
Samantha is now regularly asked to speak at City firms, schools and motivational events about her career, juggling work and motherhood and the challenges for women along the way.
Samantha’s blog about parenting and issues around women in the work place have gained a huge following are often featured in the national press.
She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post website and is regularly asked to appear on daily TV and radio programmes to comment on parenting and women’s issues.
Samantha discovered her passion for journalism while writing for Liverpool University student newspaper.
While at Uni Samantha became a contestant on ITV’s Blind Date – choosing Zenon from Inverness for their date in Capri in Italy. Whilst she didn’t find love she did get her first taste of appearing on TV – and although terrified – she loved the experience of seeing behind the scenes of how TV was actually made!
After completing a degree in History and Communication Studies, Samantha secured a place on the prestigious postgraduate course in Broadcast Journalism at City University.
She earned her stripes as a local radio reporter in the North of England and then became a TV news producer first at Channel 5 news and then at the BBC, eventually becoming a reporter for BBC Breakfast and BBC London News. Along the way Samantha was one of the first journalists from the UK to cover the post 9/11 events on the ground in New York. She was also quickly on the scene of the Edgware Road bombing on July 7th interviewing survivors as they emerged from underground.
Samantha joined Sky News in 2005 which in her own words “is an incredible company to work for”. Samantha got her first break in presenting when the overnight presenter went sick and she was asked to step in at the last minute, and she has never looked back.
She had some great opportunities at Sky – not least presenting outside Buckingham Palace for the Royal wedding and at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Samantha has a middle eastern background and has a passion for cooking sumptuous Persian food. She has 3 young children who keep her on her toes and usually run rings around her!
When she gets the chance she loves to indulge the adrenalin junkie in her – parachuting, para-sailing, hang gliding, scuba diving, bungee jumping and rally driving – next on the list – a sky dive!