Samantha Johnson is an award-winning international sports anchor, with a track record of hosting some of the biggest sporting events for the biggest channels including BeIN Sports, Chelsea TV, Eurosport, Sky Sports News and TRT World. She has featured in a number of sporting films including UEFA’s documentary Outraged in 2021.
She was featured in the 2014 PowerList ‘Top 20 of Britain’s Most Influential People Under 40’ for her achievements in media.
She is a sought after and accomplished speaker and event host who is passionate about sport and charity.
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Samantha Johnson began her presenting career on channels such as Coral TV before moving on to become a sport presenter for Chelsea Football Club and BeIn Media. She soon became a popular face on TV and started adding radio broadcasting to her resume. She has been a presenter and co-producer for Colourful Radio where she presented The Midweek Sports Show.
Samantha has presented a wide range of sporting programmes such as TRT’s flagship Beyond the Game programme, and has covered a range of sporting events including the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Football Draw, the 2021 Futsal World Cup Draw, the FIFA 2022 World Cup European and Intercontinental Play-Off Draws and co-hosted the 2022 World Cup Draw which was streamed to millions of people across the globe.
With over 15 years’ experience in the sporting industry, Samantha has worked with and interviewed some of the biggest names in basketball, Formula One, boxing, Olympics and Paralympics, football, rugby and NFL.
One of her biggest interviews came in 2015-16 when she interviewed Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri prior to their first Premier League title win. It received worldwide coverage on CNN, Fox ports, the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers. Her success was replicated in 2021 after a football match between Istanbul Basakeshir and Paris Saint-Germain ended with both teams walking off the pitch over a racism allegation. Her interview with player Demba Ba and coach Pierre Webo was picked up by media outlets around the world such as L’Equipe and Mail Online.
Samantha’s expertise and experience means she is in high demand for event work.
See examples of Sam’s live event hosting work below:
She has chaired and featured on panels at the House of Commons, Wembley Stadium and the Etihad, as well as countless schools and universities throughout the UK and Turkey. She has worked with the likes of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein who is also a Premier League and FA ambassador, as well as former Chelsea, Juventus and England international forward and Aston Villa Women Sporting Director, Eniola Aluko.
As well as her sporting and presenting career, Samantha also works with the United Nations on their ‘Awake Not Sleeping’ initiative, which aims to change how societies think about women and girls’ roles, rights and human potential to make gender equality a lived reality for all. Samantha’s news broadcasting career is not solely focussed on sport; she carried out an interview with the founder of Global Wellness Day, Belgin Aksoy, an event recognised by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She also believes in giving back and inspiring the next generation and continues to work as a mentor.
Samantha is a highly accomplished keynote and motivational speaker. Her specialist topics include:
– Black History Month
– Women and equality
– Wellness and mental health
– Women’s health
See Samantha’s speaker showreel below:
It gives me great pleasure to write this testimonial for Samantha Johnson. I have known her for many years and seen her career at TRT develop. She is an accomplished and professional presenter and interviewer with charm and good knowledge of her subject matter. She hosted a virtual presentation of mine to the Bilgi University in Istanbul and made my job easy. David Dein MBE, Ambassador for the FA and Premier League
Samantha was an exceptional host for the launch event of my first book ‘They Don’t Teach This’. I was so grateful to Samantha for how well researched, diligent, informed and caring she was about my work, which meant the Q&A element of the event was so powerful. Sam is an excellent interviewer, her questions have always challenged me to go beyond the conventional cliché and be true and authentic to who I am, which then allows the viewer to learn something. Her passion for sport, travel and life is a pleasure to be around. Eniola Aluko, Former Chelsea and Juventus forward and England International, Aston Villa Women Sporting Director
Samantha is a wonderful host. She was very professional, her questions were to the point which gave me the feeling that she was well prepared in advance. Her enthusiasm in knowing about Global Wellness Day and knowledge on the wellness industry as a whole, really kept the viewers engaged. Belgin Aksoy, Founder of Global Wellness Day
Samantha is an engaging personality with a wonderful ability to tell stories based on her experiences – an invaluable asset in a broadcaster! She engages the viewer while her friendliness and warmth create a great relationship with her audience. She’s covered many important sporting events, watched real-life drama unfold and met some of the most important personalities in the world of sport. All of this experience has given her a rich background to draw upon and bring to any event in which she is participating. Finally, the skills she utilises in a live studio setting, with multiple cameras and guests are exactly the skills she uses to successfully host or moderate conferences and debates. Adnan Nawaz, News Anchor