Glenn Sample was born on a farm near Centerville, Indiana, July 7, 1912. His journalism career began with the Richmond, Indiana Palladium Item, where he worked as a farm reporter during the summer. During the school year he attended Purdue University, earning an agricultural economics degree in 1935. In 1972, Purdue conferred upon him an honorary doctorate in agriculture.
Following graduation, he became an assistant county agent in Fort Wayne. A year later, he joined the Purdue staff as assistant college editor, covering the entire university. In 1944, he joined the University of Maryland information staff. In 1945, he returned to Indiana to become director of information for the Indiana Farm Bureau, where he was vice president and secretary. He retired from the Farm Bureau in 1973 to become president of Indiana Vocational Technical College, a school he helped found. He died in Columbus, Ohio, January 5, 1980, at the age of 68.
In addition to ACE, he was a member of the Agricultural Relations Council, the American Agricultural Editors Association, the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, Sigma Delta Chi and Alpha Gamma Rho.