Tuesday 26 March 2019

Stylish Samantha to be honoured by UCC

Samantha Barry
Samantha Barry

Bill Browne

The Ballincollig native who is the editor-in-chief of one of the world's most popular fashion magazines 'Glamour' is to be honoured by her alma mater.

Samantha Barry, who was last January hired by Condé Nast to take over the top editorial role at the iconic fashion and beauty media brand, will be honoured at UCC's Alumni Achievement Awards on Friday. 

In her high-profile role Samantha, who graduated from UCC in 2002 with an Arts degree (English and Psychology, oversees all content development, production and consumer experiences across all of Glamour's digital, social, video and print platforms. 

Prior to taking over at the helm of Glamour, she served at the executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide, spearheading their 2016 US election coverage across all platforms. She has also worked as a social media producer and journalist with BBC World News in London and as a reporter and producer for RTÉ and Newstalk - working in 25 countries along the way.

Samantha said that the skills and passion discovered and nurtured during her time as an undergraduate at UCC had impacted on every job she has had since graduating. 

"The technology may have evolved as I jumped from Ireland to London to Papua New Guinea to New York, but at the heart of my job are the fundamentals that I learned at UCC and the newsroom of the University Examiner," said Samantha. 

"These are the ability to talk to people, share their stories and offer opinions," she added. 

During Friday's ceremony Samantha will among a group of five former UCC students to be honoured by the University. 

The others are Ireland's Professor of Poetry, Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin; one of the country most successful entrepreneurs, Barry O'Sullivan; District Court judge Olann Kelleher and 104-year-old Mairín Hughes, who graduated with a BSc and HDE from UCC in 1930, becoming a role model for other female students to follow.