Lane was a footy fanatic even during secondary education at St Michael's Grammar School where she had a keen interest in sport as well as aerobics and drama and began writing about Australian Rules Football while completing a Bachelor of Arts and language degree in French at Melbourne University. She now has experience across all media - print, online, television and radio as well as public speaking engagements.
Lane is a sports writer with The Age newspaper in Melbourne. She joined The Sunday Age sports team in 2005 before crossing to the weekday Age in 2007. Although well known as a football journalist, she also covers other major sporting events for the paper, including the Australian Open tennis, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.
Lane was a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game AFL panel show from 2003 until leaving at the end of the 2012 football season. She also made regular contributions on Melbourne community radio station Triple R.
Since 2008 she has been a part of the ABC's Radio AFL coverage, joining Stan Alves and Gerard Whatley in the pre-match discussion on Sunday afternoons.
Lane sits on the advisory committee of the Melbourne Vixens’ board, has been an ambassador for the Basil Sellers Art Prize and Run Melbourne and has an ongoing ambassadorial role for Breast Cancer Network Australia. She has also been a player in the Community Cup charity
- 2011: AFL Coaches Association. Media Award in recognition of journalistic excellence
- 2011: vicsport. Media Award
- 2012: Australian Sports Commission awards. Highly Commended for best coverage of sport by an individual (print)
- Official byline for Samantha Lane | The Age
- Lane leaves Ten for footy on Seven | The Age
- Sam Lane leaves Ten for Seven | Media Spy
- Agony Aunts | ABC1
- The Agony of Life | ABC1
- From Lane's management company's website
- AFL Players Association|Women of Carlton Newsletter
- 2009 Quill Awards|Melbourne Press Club
- 2011 Media Awards | AFL Coaches Association
- 2011 Media Awards | vicsport
- 2012 Australian Sports Commission awards | The Age