Steve Cannane

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Steve Cannane
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Born1970[citation needed]

Stephen Paul Cannane (born 1970)[citation needed] is a news journalist and current affairs reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Steve Cannane is a reporter with the ABC's Investigations Unit. From 2016 to 2018 he was the ABC's Europe Correspondent, based in London. Prior to his positing, Steve was the host of The Drum and a reporter at Lateline.[1]


He started as a reporter for radio station Triple J's current affairs programme, The Morning Show. In 2003, after Francis Leach left the station, Cannane took on the position of host of the show. As a journalist, Cannane has an interest in exposing unscrupulous behaviour, having reported on child abuse within the Church of Scientology,[2] the harassment of the parents of a deceased child by the anti-vaccination lobby and the failure of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to protect consumers from dodgy products.[3]

He temporarily presented breakfast on ABC Radio National while the regular presenter pursued other projects.[citation needed]

Cannane was the founding presenter of Triple j's current affairs program, Hack, beginning in 2004. In 2006 he won the Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing for a series of three interviews - Petrol Sniffing, Pilltesting and The Cost of War. He was also commended in the same category of the Walkleys in 2005.

In 2006 Cannane won the Excellence in Alcohol and Drug Media Reporting Award[4] at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards and visited the US as the Australian representative on the US Department of State's Edward R Murrow program for journalists.[5]

In 2008, Cannane presented The Hack Half Hour[6] on ABC2.

In 2009, he fronted the ABC1 documentary series Whatever! The Science of Teenagers[7] and published a book, First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them.[8]

In July 2010, Cannane was appointed presenter of ABC News 24's The Drum, a panel discussion program providing news and analysis on issues of the day.

Also in July 2010, Cannane broke the story of harassment of the parents of a child who died of whooping cough by the anti-vaccination lobby,[9] the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) on Lateline. His story was the first to expose the lobby group as callous and cruel, with revelations that their President Meryl Dorey, had sought to access medical records of the child as evidence she had died from a pertussis infection. The story also described a complaint about the AVN which was under investigation by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), alleging the group disseminated misleading and dangerous health information regarding vaccination. The complaint was eventually upheld, resulting in revocation of the group's charity licence and the issuing of a public warning by the HCCC. Both these actions were overturned following a successful Supreme Court challenge by the AVN in 2011.[10]

Cannane has continued to follow the AVN, most recently on The Drum, discussing the appearance of Dorey at the Woodford Folk Festival.[11]

In November 2010 he was recognised[12] for "...his honest and diligent approach to journalism and the pursuit of truth in all of its aspects and wherever it may lead" at the Australian Skeptics National Convention where he was also a speaker.[13]

He has worked as a reporter and fill in presenter on ABC1's late night news and current affairs program, Lateline, presenter of The Drum on ABC News 24 and has appeared on Ten's The 7pm Project.[14]

From April 2016 until July 2018, Cannane was ABC's Europe Correspondent, based in London.

In September 2016, he published Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia.

In July 2018, Cannane joined the ABC's Investigations Unit as a reporter.


  1. ^ "Steve Cannane". ABC News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ Cannane, Steve. "Woman alleges imprisonment by Scientologists". Lateline. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  3. ^ Cannane, Steve. "Homeopathy websites ignore retraction orders". Lateline. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ Drug and Alcohol, National Awards. "Excellence in alcohol and drug media reporting". National Drug and Alcohol Awards. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  5. ^ Department of State, United States. "Edward R Murrow programme for journalists". Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  6. ^ Low, Lenny. "The department of youth". The Age. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  7. ^ Cannane, Steve. "Whatever! The Science of Teenagers". ABC. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  8. ^ Cannane, Steve (2010). First Tests, Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them. ABC Books. ISBN 9780733329067.
  9. ^ Cannane, Steve. "Anti-vaccination group accused of harassing parents". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  10. ^ ABC, News. "Anti-vaccine group wins court victory". ABC News. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  11. ^ Cannane, Steve. "Anti-vaccination campaigner to speak at Woodford Folk Festival". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  12. ^ Skeptics, Australian. "Skeptics' 2010 Awards". Australian Skeptics. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  13. ^ Skeptics, Australian. "More TAM speakers". Australian Skeptics. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Steve Cannane". Retrieved 27 July 2016.