Samantha Lane was born in 1979 and is an Australian television personality, sports reporter and daughter of football journalist and commentator Tim Lane. Samantha’s mother died when she was ten.
She was a footy fanatic even in secondary education at St Michael’s Grammar School where she had a keen interest in sport; especially 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 broadcasting experience in print, television, radio and writing reports for the AFL website. Lane started out writing for the Carlton Football Club monthly magazine.
Samantha currently writes full-time for the Sunday Age, which she has done since 2005. Although chiefly a football journalist, Lane also covers major sporting events for the paper, including the Australian Open and Commonwealth Games. She now writes full time for The Age sports section.
Samantha is a panellist on Before the Game and makes regular contributions on Melbourne community radio station Triple R. In 2007 she was Voted the AFL Players’ Association’s Football Writer of the Year. As of 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.
Like her father, Lane is a supporter of AFL club Carlton. She has been a player in the Community Cup charity match.
Sam sits on the advisory committee to the Melbourne Vixens’ board, has been an ambassador for the Basil Sellers Art Prize and Run Melbourne and has on-going ambassadorial roles for Breast Cancer Network Australia.