Samantha Maiden

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Samantha Maiden
Samantha Louise Maiden

Adelaide, Australia
ResidenceCanberra, Australia
Alma materUniversity of South Australia
Years active1994 – present

Samantha Louise Maiden is an Australian political journalist. Until June 2018, she was a political reporter for Sky News Australia and was previously the political editor for a number of Sunday News Corp Australia newspapers including The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Herald Sun and Sunday Mail. She has been based in Canberra as a political correspondent since 1998.[1]


Maiden was known for breaking exclusive political stories for News Corp papers until resigning in 2016.[2] She also appears as a commentator on television news programs, including Today and Pyne & Marles [3] and is a known associate of Annabel Crabb.[4] She joined Sky News in 2017, first appearing on 30 January 2017.[5]

In 2016, Maiden revealed that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton had inadvertently sent a text message describing her as a "mad fucking witch" directly to her, instead of a colleague, after Maiden wrote a critical opinion piece.[6] The "witch incident" became internationally significant when Marvel's dark hero Jessica Jones tweeted encouragement to Maiden "welcoming her to the club (of mad fucking witches)".[7]

Maiden resigned from Sky News in June 2018.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Maiden was born in Adelaide and has three children.[1]

On 6 April 2016, Maiden pleaded guilty to a drink driving charge and two 'fail to obey police' charges in Goulburn Local Court, having recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.136 on 20 March 2016.[2] On 18 May 2016, Maiden was given a 12-month good behaviour bond, disqualified from driving for 7 months and fined $1000.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Meet the team in touch with you". Sunday Mail. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b Robin, Myriam (7 April 2016). "Sam Maiden could be going to the big house". Crikey. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Pyne, Marles talk Assange, ABCC on new show". Sky News Australia. 6 February 2016. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Eat, drink and be literary with Annabel Crabb". Australian National University. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  5. ^ Perry, Kevin (14 November 2016). "Sky News recruits Samantha Maiden as rumours have David Speers bound for ABC 7:30". Decider TV. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Politician accidentally sends text to journalist calling her a "mad f***ing witch"". The Sun. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  7. ^ "'It's A Compliment': Marvel's Dark Hero Jessica Jones Weighs In On MP Peter Dutton's 'Mad Witch' Stab At Journalist Samantha Maiden". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  8. ^ Knox, David (28 June 2018). "Samantha Maiden quits SKY News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. ^ Cole, David (18 May 2016). "News corp journo loses licence, avoids jail". Goulburn Post. Retrieved 18 May 2016.