Great day for the parish - one of our own has been named the editor-in-chief of Glamour in the US - which is a pretty big deal - it being one of the biggest fashion and beauty media brands in the world.
Conde Nast named Irish woman Samantha Barry (pictured on the right in main image) as the eighth editor and it marks a first as the Cork native has never worked at a magazine, although she's had a very impressive career to date.
"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.
"Sam is fearless like so many leaders of the moment and has both a reverence for Glamour’s history and a crystal clear view of its future in the digital environment."
Speaking about her new role, Barry added, "I am as humbled by Glamour’s past as I am excited about Glamour’s future.
"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. 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 takes over the role from Cindi Leive, 50, who said in September that she was leaving the magazine after 16 years at its helm.
36-year-old Samantha studied English and got her Masters in Journalism from DCU. She did a late-night internship at 2Fm followed by roles as a reporter and producer on RTE Radio 1's Morning Ireland while later reported on breaking news with Newstalk.
Samantha then went on to spend 18 months in Papau New Guinea with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). She also worked with BBC World News, as a social media and technology trainer for the U.S. State Department, and served as executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide.
While at CNN, Barry spearheaded CNN's 2016 Election coverage across social platforms, which received the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media and a Webby Award recognizing the same 2016 campaign work.
So yeah, safe to say she has earned this but what a fantastic achievement it is.
G'wan the Samantha.
— Samantha Barry (@samanthabarry) January 8, 2018