An award winning journalist for The Age newspaper, Samantha Lane joined Channel Seven’s AFL broadcast team in 2013.
The move followed her ten seasons with Channel 10’s much-loved AFL panel show, Before the Game where Sam worked with some of Australia’s best known comics.
Now part of the top-rating Saturday night AFL coverage team, Sam sits alongside Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling, Luke Darcy and Brian Taylor, bringing news and views.
Sam won a Quill Award from the Melbourne Press Club in 2010 for the best sport story of the year, she won the AFL Coaches Association’s media prize in 2011, and was voted journalist of the year by the AFL Players Association’s in 2007. Sam has also won the VicSport media award twice for her groundbreaking reporting on concussion in the AFL and her work for The Age on the Essendon Football Club drugs scandal was part of a team entry that won a Walkley award in 2013.
In 2012 Sam was made Olympics Reporter for The Age, and the London games were the second Olympics she has covered for Fairfax Media. After London, Sam was recognised twice in 2013 at the Australian Sports Commission awards, highly commended for Best Coverage of Sport by an Individual (print). She was a finalist in the Best Reporting of an Issue in Sport category for her exposé on the inequitable travel Olympic travel arrangements for the national women's basketball team.
Also a cycling reporter, Sam covered track and road competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and was in Paris for the finale of the 2012 and 2013 Tours de France where she filed at length on Cadel Evans’ historic win.
On the ABC’s Agony Aunts and Agony of Life series, Sam stood out for her honest reflections on love and loss. She also appeared on Channel 10’s The Project and has co-hosted Channel 10’s The Circle.
Sam is an ambassador for the Basil Sellers Art Prize and has sat on the advisory committee to the Melbourne Vixen’s board.
Whether addressing corporates or kids as a keynote speaker or MC, Sam is a natural and engaging presenter who brings a fresh take to any topic.
With a knack of balancing the serious and irreverent, on any given day Sam is as likely to be writing hard-hitting front page news as an insightful feature story.