Samantha Armytage

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Samantha Armytage
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Born (1976-09-04) 4 September 1976 (age 40)
Education Kincoppal - Rosebay School, Sydney
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst
Occupation Journalist & News Presenter
Employer Seven Network
Notable credit(s) Seven 4.30 News presenter
Weekend Sunrise co-host (2007-2013)
Sunrise co-host (2013-2016

Samantha Armytage (born 4 September 1976)[1] is an Australian journalist and television news presenter.

Armytage is currently co-host of Sunrise alongside David Koch and she has previously co-hosted Weekend Sunrise and presented Seven 4.30 News. In June 2013, Armytage was announced as the replacement for Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Armytage grew up on Bolaro Station in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. She went to school in Sydney and then Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales.[citation needed] Armytage has a younger sister, Georgina, and a younger brother, Charles.[citation needed] Her interests include golf, tennis, snow skiing and horse racing.[citation needed]

Media career[edit]

She began her media career at WIN Television in Canberra in 1999, as a news reporter and presenter in Canberra.[3] Following this she joined Sky News Australia in 2002 where she was chief political reporter. In April 2003, Samantha joined the Seven Network after being noticed by the network executives while covering the 2003 Canberra Bushfires.

In December 2004, she landed her first major presenting role, filling-in as presenter on Seven News Sydney over the Summer non-ratings period. Following the non-ratings period she had stints presenting the national Seven Morning News bulletin, the national late news updates, and filling in as presenter of Seven News Sydney.

In 2005 and 2006, Armytage was the regular fill-in presenter for Chris Bath as the Friday & Weekend presenter on Seven News Sydney. When Ian Ross went on holidays in late June to early July 2006, she presented the weekend edition of Seven News. This was also the case over summer 2006. In October 2006, Armytage replaced Mike Amor as presenter of Seven 4.30 News. She had replaced Rebecca Maddern as presenter when the network moved production from Melbourne to Sydney.

In June 2007, Armytage was appointed co-host of Weekend Sunrise alongside Andrew O'Keefe, replacing Lisa Wilkinson.

In 2011, she was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars and continued to file reports for Sunday Night. She was also a regular fill-in presenter on Sunrise, Today Tonight and The Morning Show.

In 2013, Armytage replaced Melissa Doyle as co-host of Sunrise beside David Koch.[2] In 2014, she presented the ill-fated makeover reality show Bringing Sexy Back.

In February 2016, a Sex and The City themed skit on Sunrise with actress Kristen Davis backfired on Armytage. Davis had appeared on the show to discuss her work with the UNHCR, but later on Twitter expressed her annoyance that Sunrise focused on her role in Sex and The City. After the incident, Armytage, who was meant to MC and conduct a Q & A with Davis at a UN event in Sydney, was asked not to host or attend the event.[4][5]



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Media offices
Preceded by
Melissa Doyle
Co-host with David Koch

August 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lisa Wilkinson
Weekend Sunrise
Co-host with Andrew O'Keefe

24 June 2007 – 11 August 2013
Succeeded by
Monique Wright
Preceded by
Mike Amor
Seven 4.30 News
Monday - Wednesday Presenter

October 2006 – December 2012
Succeeded by
Rebecca Maddern