Stan Grant (journalist)

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Stan Grant
Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes (cropped).JPG
Grant in 2008
Born (1963-09-30) 30 September 1963 (age 58)
EducationAustralian National University
  • Radio and TV presenter
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Lecturer
Years active1986−present
Notable credit(s)
Real Life host (1994)
CNN anchor (2000–2007, 2009-2013)
Reporting Live (2013-16)
Matter of Fact (2018)
(m. 1984; div. 2000)

(m. 2000)
Children3 with Grant
1 with Holmes[1]
Parent(s)Stan Grant Sr
Elizabeth Cameron

Stan Grant (born 30 September 1963) is an Australian journalist and writer, having worked as a television news and political journalist and presenter since the 1990s. As of July 2020, Grant is also a Senior Fellow at the Australian Department of Defence, multiple government and Defence Industry funded[2] Australian Strategic Policy Institute.[3] As of 2021, he is the Charles Sturt University vice-chancellor's chair of Australian/Indigenous Belonging.[clarification needed] He is known for his writing on Indigenous issues and has written and spoken extensively on his Aboriginal identity as a Wiradjuri man.

Early years[edit]

Grant was born on 30 September 1963 in Griffith, New South Wales,[4] the son of Stan Grant Sr, an elder of the Wiradjuri people.[5] The Wiradjuri are an Aboriginal Australian people from the south-west inland region of New South Wales. The Wiradjuri also have roots in inner Victoria, which is where he spent much of his childhood.[5]



Grant has more than 30 years of experience working in broadcast radio and television news and current affairs. He spent several years as a news presenter on the Australian Macquarie Radio Network, Seven, SBS, along with a long-term stint at CNN International as a Senior International Correspondent in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Beijing, before starting with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

1990s – 2012[edit]

In 1994, as host of the Seven Network current affairs programme Real Life he won the Logie Award for Most Popular Current Affairs Programme.[6]

In 2007 he took on the role of co-presenter of the one-hour 6.30 pm SBS World News Australia bulletin, and also presented ABC Local Radio's Indigenous programme Speaking Out. In December 2007, Grant resigned from SBS World News Australia and was replaced by Anton Enus.

In 2009 Grant was appointed UAE correspondent for CNN. Based in CNN's new Abu Dhabi news-gathering and production centre, Grant covered stories from both the UAE and the surrounding region[7] and hosted the programme Prism.

2012: NITV and pay TV[edit]

Grant returned to Australia in 2012 to help launch SBS' new National Indigenous Television (NITV) channel,[8] and in 2013 hosted a nightly late night news programme NewsNight for Sky News Australia, which aired weeknights at 11pm.[9] From 2014 he started hosting Sky News Australia's Reporting Live with Stan Grant at 6pm, a nightly news programme reporting on the serious news stories of the day, and in April of that year he hosted Crimes that Shook Australia, a six-part television drama series broadcast on Foxtel.[10]

2015: Viral speech[edit]

In 2015 Grant took part in a public debate at the IQ2 stage of The Ethics Centre,[11] with immigration lawyer Pallavi Sinha, Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi and actor Jack Thompson to argue for or against the topic “Racism is destroying the Australian dream”. He told of the impact of colonisation on Indigenous Australians, past and present. He argued that "the Australian Dream" was based upon racism, mentioning his ancestors and others who were forced into institutions and unpaid work.[12] The debate itself was a finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards for "its role in stimulating public awareness and understanding".[13][12]

Stan Grant interviewed on the importance of storytelling and place


In 2017, Grant joined the ABC as editor of Indigenous Affairs and fill-in host of nightly current affairs programme 7.30. Grant also hosted The Link, which aired on Friday nights.[14][15]

In 2018 Grant started hosting a flagship national night current affairs programme, Matter of Fact,[16] on the ABC News TV Channel and ABC News Radio. He was also appointed chief Asia correspondent for the ABC News Network.[17] The program was cancelled after 10 months, ending on 29 November 2018, after which time he took up the new role of Indigenous and International Affairs Analyst with the ABC,[18] concurrently with a professorship at Griffith University (see below).[19][20]

In 2019 Grant moved to Doha, capital city of Qatar, to start work with Al Jazeera English.[21]

In February 2020 he wrote an article commenting on the High Court's ruling in the Love v Commonwealth case, which determined that two men could not be deported as aliens, although not Australian citizens, because of their Aboriginal identity. In it, he writes "The judges' opinions make fascinating and inspiring reading. They are profound, wise, and sensitive", that they wrote their judgments "with nuance", and had "widened the horizon on what it is to be Indigenous and belong to this land".[22]

In September 2020, it was announced that Grant would become the ABC's International Affairs Analyst with the broadcaster noting his past journalistic experience in China affairs.[23] This was notable as the ABC reporters working in China, Bill Birtles and Mike Smith, were removed from China by the Australian broadcasting Corporation on advice from the Australian Security and Intelligence Organization, Australia's chief spy agency; the evacuation of the reporters led to a short diplomatic standoff. [24]

In December 2020, Grant hosted a series of episodes about identity for the ABC's long form interview program One Plus One.[25]

In 2021, Grant launched the ABC's China Tonight program - looking at Chinese culture and politics for an Australian audience.[26]


In October 2018 Grant was appointed Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University.[19][20]

In April 2020 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor's Chair of Australian-Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University,[27][28] a position he still holds as of July 2021.[29]

Other activities and roles[edit]

He has been an ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation since 2017.[30]


Grant has authored four works of non-fiction (see below).


Grant wrote, and features in, the full-length documentary film The Australian Dream, released in 2019,[31] the title of which echoes that of his address at the IQ2 debate.[12] The film looks at the part played by racism in the demonisation of Australian Rules football-player Adam Goodes. It won the AACTA Award for best feature documentary in the 2019 series[31][32] and the 2019 Walkley Documentary Award.[33]


During early 2016 Grant was talked about as running in the 2016 Australian federal election. Grant ruled out running for the National Party of Australia and said he was not "ideologically bound to the left" and that he admired people with the "small-l liberal" approach".[34]

In mid-March, nine weeks before the 2019 Australian federation election, Grant was asked by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison to a meeting at Kirribilli House. While there he was asked to run for the Liberal Party of Australia, but turned down the offer, saying "It was an honour to be asked by the Prime Minister, but in the end that role is just not for me. I like what I am doing now, totally independently, and I don’t have to make my views fit within a party framework".[35]



  • The Tears of Strangers

In 2002, Grant published a memoir, The Tears of Strangers, which details the political and social changes of Indigenous Australians over the period of 40 years, focusing particularly on generations of the Wiradjuri people.[1]

  • Talking To My Country

Grant's second book, Talking To My Country, was published in February 2016. The origins of the book came from the abuse of Adam Goodes in 2015.[36][37] In a review for The Saturday Paper, Talking To My Country was described as "Australia viewed from the riverbank on the edge of town; great affection mixed with discomfort about, 'Advance Australia Fair'" (the national anthem).[38]

  • Australia Day

In 2019 Grant published his third book, Australia Day, a follow-up to Talking To My Country about what it means to be Australian.[39][40][41]

  • On Identity

On Identity was published in both English and Wiradjuri in 2019, in hardcopy and as an e-book. In it he "asks why when it comes to identity he is asked to choose between black and white", and "argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism" (catalogue blurb).[42][39][40]

  • Tell it to the World

Tell it to the World: An Indigenous Memoir was published in the US in 2019.[43][44]

  • With the Falling of the Dusk

With the Falling of the Dusk, subtitled A chronicle of the world in crisis, was published in 2021.[45]




As of February 2020, Grant has won the following awards:[47]

Personal life[edit]

Grant was married to Karla Grant with whom he had three children.[1] A well publicised marriage break-up in 2000, prior to the Sydney Olympic Games, resulted from his starting a relationship with fellow TV personality Tracey Holmes. After criticism from News Corporation tabloids,[51] while News Corporation was involved in the C7 Sport dispute with Seven, his employment at the Seven Network was terminated as a result, and he and Holmes moved to Hong Kong with CNN.[1] They were there for two years with their baby son, Jesse, before moving to Beijing in mainland China with CNN, totalling 14 years in Asia.[52]


  1. ^ a b c d "Stan Grant: 'I've put the past behind me'". 10 February 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ Australian Strategic Policy Institute (2021). "ASPI Funding". Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Archived from the original on 4 November 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  3. ^ Australian Strategic Policy Institute (14 July 2020). "Introducing Strategic Vision 2020 with Stan Grant and Peter Jennings". Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Biography - Stan Grant". Indigenous Australia. Australian National University. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b Dias, Muditha (14 June 2013). "Elite racism and the Australian media". Radio National (transcript). Australia: ABC Radio. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  6. ^ "List of 1994 Logie Award Winners". TV Week. 1994. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011.
  7. ^ "CNN Appoints Three Foreign Correspondents". TV Newser.
  8. ^ Morgan, Myles (22 February 2016). "Stan Grant: The journey so far". NITV News. SBS Australia. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Stan Grant joins Sky News". Media Spy. 3 December 2012.
  10. ^ Idato, Michael (13 February 2014). "Shocking crimes revisited in new series". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  11. ^ "IQ2 Debates Australia". The Ethics Centre. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  12. ^ a b c Davey, Melissa (24 January 2016). "Stan Grant's speech on racism and the Australian dream goes viral". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Stan Grant: Racism and the Australian dream". The Ethics Centre. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  14. ^ "The Link - ABC News". ABC. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  15. ^ "The Link". ABC iview. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  16. ^ "New on ABC NEWS Channel – Matter of Fact with Stan Grant". 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  17. ^ "ABC axes Lateline in overhaul". News.Com.Au. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  18. ^ Knox, David (30 November 2018). "Axed: Matter of Fact". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  19. ^ a b Marshall, Deborah (25 October 2018). "Stan Grant joins Griffith University". Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  20. ^ a b Grant, Stan (10 February 2020). "Stan Grant interviewed by Margaret Throsby" (audio + text). ABC Classic (Interview). Interviewed by Margaret Throsby. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  21. ^ Mitchell, Thomas (16 August 2019). "Why Stan Grant remains hopeful about the future of Australia". Executive Style. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  22. ^ Grant, Stan (15 February 2020). "'Profound, wise and sensitive': How a modern court judgement has grappled with a lore that's existed for time immemorial [The High Court has widened the horizon on what it is to be Indigenous and belong to Australia]". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  23. ^ Knox, David (21 September 2020). "Stan Grant returns to ABC News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  24. ^ "'It felt very, very political': ABC reporter evacuated from China after being interrogated by police". ABC News. 7 September 2020. Archived from the original on 8 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  25. ^ Houston, Melinda (6 December 2020). "Stan Grant searches for identity in One Plus One". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  26. ^ Bagshaw, Erik (15 June 2021). "Stan Grant valiantly attempts to unpack a cultural and political divide in China Tonight". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  27. ^ Barlow, Nicole. "Professor Stan Grant Jnr to bring decades of knowledge and experience to new role at Charles Sturt". Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  28. ^ "Stanley Grant". Charles Sturt University Research Output. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  29. ^ "Stan Grant". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  30. ^ "AIEF Ambassadors". Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  31. ^ a b c Fryer, Brooke (5 December 2019). "Indigenous talent in total control at awards night". NITV. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  32. ^ agencies (4 December 2019). "Aacta awards 2019 winners: The Nightingale and Total Control dominate Australian screen awards". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  33. ^ Pash, Chris (29 November 2019). "Walkley Awards winners 2019". AdNews. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  34. ^ "Stan Grant rules out running for National Party in federal politics bid". ABC News. 18 March 2016.
  35. ^ FitzSimons, Peter. "PM wanted Stan Grant as his man to fill empty seat". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  36. ^ Stan Grant (30 July 2015). "I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  37. ^ "Stan Grant addresses National Press Club to launch Talking to My Country – video". The Guardian. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  38. ^ JF (12 March 2016). "Talking to My Country". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  39. ^ a b Maddison, Sarah (17 May 2019). "Australia Day & On Identity: A conversation Stan Grant wants to start". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  40. ^ a b Pascoe, Bruce (22 July 2019). "Bruce Pascoe reviews 'On Identity' and 'Australia Day' by Stan Grant". Australian Book Review. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  41. ^ Mayer, Erich (10 July 2019). "Book Review: Australia Day by Stan Grant". ArtsHub Australia. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  42. ^ Grant, Stan (2019). On identity. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 978-0-522-87552-2.
  43. ^ Tell it to the world. Scribe North America. 2019. ISBN 9781947534261. OCLC 1117339498.
  44. ^ "Tell it to the World: An Indigenous Memoir". Strong Nations. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  45. ^ "With the Falling of the Dusk". TROVE. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  46. ^ "Gladys Elphick Memorial Oration: Flagging Intentions". Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  47. ^ Suleiman, Omar (26 January 2020). "Stan Grant". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  48. ^ "Stan Grant". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  49. ^ agencies (4 December 2019). "Aacta awards 2019 winners: The Nightingale and Total Control dominate Australian screen awards". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  50. ^ Pash, Chris (29 November 2019). "Walkley Awards winners 2019". AdNews. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  51. ^ "Stan and his Holmes wrecker sacked". Media Watch (transcript). ABC TV. 21 August 2000. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  52. ^ 'Tracey's got a secret': Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes open up about their relationship and a surprise twist from the past, Tracey Spring, ABC News Online, 2021-10-23

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