Stan Grant (journalist)

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Stan Grant
Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes.JPG
Stan Grant and wife Tracey Holmes, in 2008
Born (1963-09-30) 30 September 1963 (age 53)
Griffith, New South Wales, Australia
Education University of New South Wales, Australian National University
Occupation News Anchor
Notable credit(s) Real Life host
(1994)
CNN anchor (2000–2007, 2009-present)
Reporting Live (2013-16)
Spouse(s) Karla Grant (?-2000)
Tracey Holmes (2000-present)
Children 1 (f); 2 (m) with Karla Grant;
1 (m) with Holmes[1]
Parent(s) Stan Grant, Snr.
Elizabeth Cameron

Stan Grant, Jr. (born 30 September 1963) is an Australian journalist and presenter for the ABC. Grant is of Aboriginal ancestry from the Wiradjuri.

Early years[edit]

Grant is a Wiradjuri man[2] from Griffith, New South Wales. He is the son of Stan Grant, an elder of the Wiradjuri people.

Career[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Grant commenced his tertiary education at the University of New South Wales, then to the Australian National University and got a job as a copy boy at The Canberra Times. He spent several years as a news presenter on the Australian Macquarie Radio Network and Seven and ABC television networks, along with a stint at CNN International in Hong Kong and Beijing, responsible for the news network's coverage of China.[1]

In 1994, as host of the Seven Network current affairs program Real Life he won the Logie Award for Most Popular Current Affairs Program.[3]

In 2007, alongside news presenter Mary Kostakidis he took on the role of co-presenter of the one-hour 6.30 pm SBS World News Australia bulletin. His former wife Karla Grant is also employed on the SBS program Living Black.

In September 2007, Grant was announced presenter and producer of ABC Local Radio's Indigenous programme Speaking Out which focuses on culture, lifestyle and political issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia. Grant replaced Kerry Klimm and in 2008, Grant was replaced by Rhianna Patrick. In December 2007, Grant resigned from SBS World News Australia and was replaced by Anton Enus. In 2008, Grant joined the World Bank as Senior Communications Officer,[4] based in Sydney.

In 2009 Grant was appointed UAE correspondent for CNN. Based in CNN's new Abu Dhabi news-gathering and production centre, Grant covers stories from both the UAE and the surrounding region[5] and hosts Prism. Grant returned to Australia in 2013 and hosted a nightly late night news program NewsNight for Sky News Australia, which aired weeknights at 11pm.[6] From 2014 he started hosting Sky News Australia's Reporting Live with Stan Grant at 6pm, a nightly news program reporting on the serious news stories of the day. In April he hosted Crimes that Shook Australia, a six-part television drama series broadcast on FOXTEL.[7]

In 2016, Grant will host a nightly news bulletin on NITV titled The Point with Stan Grant.[8] The same year, Grant began winding back his duties at Sky News, including the hiatus of his program Reporting Live.[9]

From 2017, Grant will join the ABC as editor of indigenous Affairs coverage, fill-in host of 7.30 and host of The Link, which airs on Friday nights at 7.30pm.[10]

Author[edit]

The Tears of Strangers[edit]

In 2013, 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. Grant hopes to develop the memoir into a play or a documentary.[1]

Talking To My Country[edit]

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[11] and how it made Australia confront the darkest parts of its country, which Grant says was about 'shared history and our failure to reconcile’.[12] In a review for The Saturday Paper,[13] 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'".

Personal life[edit]

Grant is a member of the Wiradjuri tribe of Indigenous Australians 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.

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,[14] while News was involved in the C7 Sport dispute with Seven, his employment at the Seven Network was terminated as a result, and he and Tracey Holmes moved to Hong Kong.[1] Some news articles have reported that both were fired from their positions with Seven, but in a 2015 interview, Holmes stated that they had both resigned in protest over Seven trying to dictate their living arrangements. Holmes stated that she felt there would have been no controversy if Grant had been a white man.[15] Grant and Holmes have one son together.[1]

Ambassador[edit]

Grant is an ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Stan Grant: 'I've put the past behind me'". news.com.au. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Dias, Muditha (14 June 2013). "Elite racism and the Australian media". Radio National (transcript). Australia: ABC Radio. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "List of 1994 Logie Award Winners". TV Week. 1994. 
  4. ^ "Solomon Islands Health Sector Support Program Technical Assistance Project" (Press release). World Bank. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "CNN Appoints Three Foreign Correspondents". TV Newser. 
  6. ^ "Stan Grant joins Sky News". Media Spy. 3 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Idato, Michael (13 February 2014). "Shocking crimes revisited in new series". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Knox, David (17 November 2015). "SBS Upfronts: 2016: Eurovision, drama, comedy & docos.". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Davidson, Darren (29 August 2016). "Stan could be the man for Nine’s 60 Minutes". The Australian. Retrieved 1 September 2016. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Byrnes, Holly (28 October 2016). "Stan Grant returns to ABC in new role as editor of Indigenous Affairs coverage and Leigh Sales fill-in". news.com.au. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Stan Grant addresses National Press Club to launch Talking to My Country – video". The Guardian. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  13. ^ JF (12 March 2016). "Talking to My Country". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Stan and his Holmes wrecker sacked". Media Watch (transcript). ABC TV. 21 August 2000. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3166044/Tracey-Holmes-reveals-told-bosses-quitting-Seven-Network-told-NOT-Stan-Grant.html
  16. ^ "AIEF Ambassadors". Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. 1 April 2017. 

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