Samantha was a presenter at Sky News between 2006 and 2016 where she presented all the main programmes for nearly 10 years.
Samantha has broken some of the biggest national and international stories of recent years – including anchoring rolling coverage of the Brussels airport attack, the Tunisian beach attack and the Sydney coffee shop siege as it came to its dramatic end.
Samantha was also on air when the worlds’ biggest superstar Michael Jackson died, she broke the story and presented rolling coverage for the next 5 hours. She also broke the news of the tragic deaths of British MP Jo Cox, Amy Winehouse and Peaches Geldof, and covered the sentencing to death and hanging of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Samantha was visiting family in Manchester when the news broke of the shooting to death of 2 female police officer – she quickly headed to the scene to present live coverage on location.
Samantha’s highlights include presenting on location at Buckingham Palace for the Queens’s 90th Birthday, at the Olympic Park for the London 2012 opening ceremony – her husband was in fact one of the volunteers in the ceremony! She also loved presenting from outside Buckingham Palace during the royal wedding – reporting on “The Kiss” and interviewing people who had travelled from all over the world to be there.
In addition Samantha covered the EU referendum bringing in the first live result from Gibraltar. She also presented coverage of the 2015 and 2010 UK General Elections – breaking the news of the former Home Secretary Jackie Smith’s devastating loss of her seat, and subsequently the then Education Secretary Nicky Morgan hanging onto hers.
Samantha loves the challenge of handling live breaking news and dealing with the biggest events of the day – interviewing senior politicians, business leaders, celebrities and ordinary people often at the centre of events such as eyewitnesses to the shootings in Ontario and survivors of the 2011 Norway massacre.
On Sky, Samantha could also be seen in a relaxed role when hosting the evening paper review. It allowed her the opportunity to demonstrate a chattier more informal style of presenting – discussing and dissecting stories of the day, often having to act as referee between guests such as the Daily Mail’s consultant editor Andrew Pierce and the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire.