Stan Grant (journalist)

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Stan Grant
Born (1963-09-30) 30 September 1963 (age 55)
EducationUniversity of New South Wales, Australian National University
OccupationNews anchor
Notable credit(s)
Real Life host
CNN anchor (2000–2007, 2009-2013)
Reporting Live (2013-16)
Matter of Fact (2018)
Spouse(s)Karla Grant (?-2000)
Tracey Holmes (2000-present)
Children1 (f); 2 (m) with Karla Grant;
1 (m) with Holmes[1]
Parent(s)Stan Grant, Snr.
Elizabeth Cameron

Stan Grant (born 30 September 1963) is an Australian television news and political journalist, and television presenter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently the ABC's indigenous and international affairs analyst[2][3] and professor of global affairs at Griffith University[4] in Queensland, Australia.

Early years[edit]

Grant is of Aboriginal ancestry, from Griffith, New South Wales. He is the son of Stan Grant Sr, an elder of the Wiradjuri people.[5] Grant commenced his tertiary education at the University of New South Wales, and completed it at the Australian National University.



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).

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.

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]

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.

In 2018 Grant started hosting a flagship national night current affairs programme, Matter of Fact, on the ABC News TV Channel and ABC News Radio. He was also appointed chief Asia correspondent for the ABC News Network.[11] 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.[12]


The Tears of Strangers[edit]

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[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.[13][14] 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'".[15]

Australia Day[edit]

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

On Identity[edit]

Grant is expected to publish this fourth book, On Identity, in 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Grant and wife Tracey Holmes, in 2008

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,[16] 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.[1]

During early 2016 Grant was talked about as running in the 2016 Australian 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".[17]

Weeks[quantify] before the 2019 Australian 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."[18]


Grant is an ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.[19]

Published works[edit]

  • The Tears Of Strangers (2002)
  • Talking To My Country (2016)
  • Australia Day (2019)
  • On Identity (2019)


  1. ^ a b c d "Stan Grant: 'I've put the past behind me'". 10 February 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ Brook, Stephen (5 October 2017). "The ABC axes Lateline, The Link". The Australian. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ "New on ABC NEWS Channel – Matter of Fact with Stan Grant". 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  4. ^ Marshall, Deborah. "Stan Grant joins Griffith University". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ 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. ^ "ABC axes Lateline in overhaul". NewsComAu. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  12. ^ Knox, David (30 November 2018). "Axed: Matter of Fact". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Stan Grant addresses National Press Club to launch Talking to My Country – video". The Guardian. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  15. ^ JF (12 March 2016). "Talking to My Country". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Stan and his Holmes wrecker sacked". Media Watch (transcript). ABC TV. 21 August 2000. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Stan Grant rules out running for National Party in federal politics bid". ABC News. 18 March 2016.
  18. ^ FitzSimons, Peter. "PM wanted Stan Grant as his man to fill empty seat". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  19. ^ "AIEF Ambassadors". Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. 1 April 2017.

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