Jan Fran

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Jan Fran
Jeannette Francis[1]

1984/1985 (age 34–35)[2]
Known forThe Feed
Al Morrow (m. 2015)

Jeanette Francis, better known as Jan Fran, is an Australian journalist and presenter. She has worked extensively with the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), and served as co-host of current affairs and satire program The Feed alongside Marc Fennell.

Early life[edit]

Francis was born in Lebanon[3] to a Maronite Christian family. In 1989, she moved to Australia,[2] and she grew up in Blaxland, New South Wales.[4] Francis studied journalism[2] and international studies at the University of Technology Sydney.


Francis began her career as a foreign correspondent with SBS, working on Insight and Dateline.[5] For her series on women in post-war Uganda, she was nominated for a Young Walkley Award in 2012. She was a presenter on The Feed[2][6] from the program’s launch in 2013[7] until July 2019.[7] As a presenter, Francis has hosted TV coverage of Tropfest, and has been a guest presenter on Network Ten’s The Project.[1][6] In 2017, she was made an Australia Day Ambassador.[8] Francis also hosted the series Medicine or Myth? on SBS in 2019.[9] Francis is an ambassador for Plan International Australia, and has hosted a series of podcasts called Sexism and the City which Plan commissioned.[6][10] She is known for her humour[6] and quick wit,[9] and has also challenged the different ways in which the perpetrators of the Christchurch mosque shootings and the Orlando nightclub shooting were described and presented by the media.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Francis married Al Morrow, a comedy film director.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Brygel, Jackie (25 February 2019). "The Story of Us. The Feed co-host and her husband reflect on life since their anything-but-humdrum first encounter". New Idea. Australia. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Verghis, Sharon (27 July 2017). "'You have to see it to be it': Meet three women who are changing the face of Australian TV". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ "Jan Fran takes a DNA test: what did she discover?". The Feed.
  4. ^ "Q&A. Question to Jan Fran on SSM & Western Sydney". ABC TV. 27 November 2017 – via www.abc.net.au.
  5. ^ "Interview with Jeannette Francis | upstart". www.upstart.net.au.
  6. ^ a b c d Valentish, Jenny (23 February 2019). "Hear Us Roar". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, New South Wales. p. 12, Spectrum.
  7. ^ a b Blackiston, Hannah (18 July 2019). "Alice Matthews to join SBS' The Feed, as Jan Fran and Patrick Abboud depart". Mumbrella. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Jan Fran / Claxton Speakers / Speaker Profile". www.claxtonspeakers.com.au.
  9. ^ a b Mathieson, Craig (27 June 2019). "Good medicine is in short supply". The Age. Melbourne, Victoria. p. GG3.
  10. ^ Bedo, Stephanie (29 November 2018). "Why we need to start calling out sexual harassment". News.com.au. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Double standards of Western media outlets criticized after Christchurch terror attack". Daily Sabah. Istanbul, Turkey. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.