Samantha Hayes has worked as a journalist and presenter across TV3’s news and current affairs programmes for nine years. Hayes currently anchors Newshub Late and fills in for Hilary Barry on the 6pm bulletin Newshub Live at 6pm.
In 2015 she presented both the flagship weekly current affairs shows 3D and 3D Investigates and co-anchored the 10.30pm weeknight bulletin, Newsworthy. It was a busy year.
Her stories have seen her venture into Mongrel Mob and Black Power gang headquarters, sit down in the recording studio with Kiwi singer Lorde, camp in the Antarctica’s mountains in minus 30 degrees celsius and run a half marathon in the Masai Mara Game Reserve at the height of summer during the Great Migration.
Samantha’s working relationship with 3News began when she was just 17 years old during a month in Auckland on work experience with Nightline. A day into this stint she was sent out by a ruthless producer to interview notorious heavy metal band Megadeth and came back with an international scoop.
Samantha first joined TV3 full time in September 2006 as Nightline’s Arts and Entertainment Reporter based in Wellington. A year later, at the age of 23, she moved to Auckland to present the programme.
In 2010 she moved from the full-time studio gig to a role reporting for 3News at 6pm covering the full range of daily news stories but focussing on the environment and climate change; a round she’d developed during her years fronting Nightline.
She was assigned the high profile Sydney based 3News’ Australia correspondent position in 2011/2012, then returned home to join the newly formed 3rd Degree (formerly 60 Minutes). A year into her move into long format current affairs Samantha took on co-presenting duties with Duncan Garner and in time became the sole anchor of the rebranded show, 3D and 3D Investigates.
News travels and Samantha’s been lucky enough to report from Antarctica, Central and South America, the US, UK and Europe, India, Australia, the Pacific and most recently Africa.
Samantha supports UNICEF and WWF.