Samantha Gildea is many things: trainee journalist, feminist, politics nerd, fiance, mother to a needy chihuahua/Yorkie mix called Rufus, John Lennon enthusiast and Glastonbury reveller.
She has wanted to be a journalist from the age of 13. Journalism presented a career that combined her love of the written word with her passion for current affairs and politics.
During her A-levels Samantha was selected from 300 applicants to be a part of the Writing Squad, an Arts Council funded programme to develop young writers across Yorkshire. She wrote music reviews and opinion pieces for SoundtheSirens.com and gained experience at local newspapers before beginning her degree.
During her politics degree at the University of Leeds, Samantha wrote for The Hype (an online magazine based in Leeds) and was a panellist on Leeds Student Radio’s weekly politics show, Political Animal. She also contributed to LSRFM’s coverage of the US election, furthering her interest in American politics.
After completing her degree, Samantha was accepted onto the postgraduate print journalism course at Leeds Trinity. Through the course she has worked with the BBC to provide election coverage in Bradford, and worked with BBC Yorkshire’s Political Editor Len Tingle on BBC One’s Politics Show. She has also contributed to the Guardian’s Leeds blog.
After qualifying as a trainee hack, she worked in SEO online news before taking a job at her local newspaper series. Now training for her NCE, she aims to become a political reporter.
Her passions include literature, film and travel, long walks around the Dales and historical sites – more so now that her wonderful friends have bought her and her fiance Matt National Trust membership.