It may look like a long way from an internship at 2FM to the top job in beauty media as editor in chief of Glamour magazine but that’s exactly the journey that Cork born Samantha Barry has just completed.
She is the eighth editor and the first never to have worked at a magazine.
That in itself is a mark of the changing nature of publishing.
“Sam is Glamour’s first digital-native editor which is to say she arrives from the future rather than the past,” said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Conde Nast.
“As an editor she has led all manner of news coverage from the 2016 Presidential election and the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting to the love story voicemails and the 2018 New Years Eve festivities.”
“Sam understands social media as a tool for storytelling and reporting; a way to support social conversation and the ever-changing contours of what’s cool.”
“I could not be more proud to take the reigns of an iconic women’s brand at this pivotal moment for all women’s voices,” said Barry.
“For me, Glamour is the home of strong storytellers, insightful journalism, beauty and fashion. I look forward to building on the brand’s success, and sharing Glamour with audiences everywhere.”
Barry studied English and Journalism at DCU before working at RTE and Newstalk.
After leaving Ireland she had spells with BBC World News and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Barry leapt to prominence while managing CNN’s 2016 Election coverage across social platforms, for which she received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media.