As one of Australia’s most respected and awarded journalists with more than 30 years’ experience in radio and television news and currents affairs, Stan Grant has interviewed international political and business leaders including Australia’s prime ministers and senior ministers.
Prior to his appointment as Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith, Stan was the ABC’s Chief Asia Correspondent. He spent 10 years as Senior International Correspondent for CNN in Asia and the Middle East, broadcasting to an audience of millions around the world. He was also a news presenter on the Australian Macquarie Radio Network, Seven and SBS.
He is an award-winning and best-selling author of several books and has contributed articles to many major Australian newspapers, magazines and journals.
Stan Grant joins Griffith University as Professor of Global Affairs
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY – REMARKABLE LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES
Professor Stan Grant will be 2019's first inaugural speaker at the Griffith University Remarkable Leadership Speaker Series. He will talk about "On Identity" We are living through ‘the age of anger’ where resurgent tribalism is pitting people against each other and redrawing the political map in what has been called ‘a 21st century law of the jungle’. Stan Grant asks how did the world go from the post-cold war ‘end of history’ to history’s deadly return with resurgent nationalism sectarianism and political extremism threatening to tear our world apart.
Stan Grant was born in 1963 into the Wiradjuri people – a tribe of warriors who occupied the vast territory of central and southwestern New South Wales. For 100 years the Wiradjuri waged a war against European invasion and settlement. This war has largely been ignored by historians and politicians but will be burnt into the hearts and minds of the Wiradjuri forever. By the time Grant was born, the war against invasion had largely been lost and remnants of the Wiradjuri were scattered among mission camps and the fringes of rural towns. The Wiradjuri people found themselves waging a new war – this time against alcoholism, poverty, abuse and neglect.
In the 1980s Stan Grant would begin a career in journalism that would take him to a position of national prominence. As a reporter he has travelled all over the world, interviewing the likes of Arafat, Clinton, Blair, Adams and Saddam. He has seen despots and tin-pot revolutionaries; madmen and saints; the glory of the Olympics and the despair of hundreds of years of conflict in Ireland and the Middle East. Yet always he is a storyteller, just as his father's father's father was before him.
Grant is the author of three books – a memoir, The Tears of Strangers (Harper Collins, 2002); a commentary on modern Australia Talking to My Country (Harper Collins, 2016); and his recent work Australia Day (Harper Collins, 2019). He is currently working on his fourth book, On Identity. Grant is a regular columnist for The Guardian Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, and ABC Online, and is a regular commentator, guest and host in media and a range of public fora.
For more of Stan Grant's publications, view the 'Publications' tab. For upcoming speeches and appearances, view the 'Upcoming events' tab.
Stan Grant has more than 30 years’ experience working in 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 joining the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 2017.
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 and hosted the programme Prism.
Grant returned to Australia in 2012 to help launch SBS' new National Indigenous Television (NITV) channel, and in 2013 hosted a nightly late night news programme NewsNight for Sky News Australia, which aired weeknights at 11pm. From 2014 he started hosting Sky News Australia's Reporting Live with Stan Grant at 6 pm, 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.
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. Grant then took up the role of Indigenous and International Affairs analyst with the ABC.
Stan Grant is now Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University, and continues his work as a leading journalist and public intellectual on issues associated with Indigenous Australia, and Australia’s place in the world.
Grant, Stan (2019). Australia Day, Harper Collins Publishers, Australia
Stan talks about reconciliation and the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and about what it means to be Australian. A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?
Grant, Stan (2016). Talking To My Country, Harper Collins Publishers, Australia
The origins of the book came from the abuse of Adam Goodes in 2015. 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'".
Grant, Stan (2002). The Tears of Strangers, Harper Collins Publishers, Australia
A memoir which details the political and social changes of Indigenous Australia over the period of 40 years, focusing particularly on generations of the Wiradjuri people of central and north-western New South Wales.
More of Stan Grant's writings can be accessed in the 'Media' tab.
Extract from Australia Day, published in The Weekend Australian magazine, April 13, 2019: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/should-we-move-australia-day-thats-the-wrong-question/news-story/f28789ce0dd1f71c5597d41fdea2ec13
Sample reading from latest book, Australia Day (Harper Collins, 2019): https://aerbook.com/books/Australia_Day-214729.html?social=1&retail=1&emailcap=0&imprint=harpercollinsauz
Racism and the Australian dream: Address to The Ethics Centre, January 2016 (full transcript, and 8-minute footage of the speech) https://ethics.org.au/stan-grants-speech/
Stan Grant, The Uluru Statement is a source of hope, The Saturday Paper, 18 May 2019
Stan Grant, Freedom and democracy are under siege. The West must step up ABC, Analysis and Opinion, Sunday 28 April 2019
Stan Grant, Calling myself an Australian is not enough to make me feel like I belong, The Guardian, Thursday 25 April 2019
Stan Grant, Is Identity a myth? (ABC radio), Religion and Ethics report, Wednesday 24 April 2019
Stan Grant, Stan Grant on Australia Day, Conversations with Richard Fidler (ABC radio) 23 April 2019
Benjamin Law, Dicey Topics: Stan Grant talks politics, religion and sex, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 April 2019
Stan Grant, The Drum panel, ABC, Thursday 11 April 2019
Stan Grant, $500 million war memorial upgrade should recognise unspoken conflicts, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 March 2019
Stan Grant, Stan Grant discusses NZ attacks, ABC, 18 March 2019
Stan Grant, 'A long hard journey': How my family closed the gap, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 February 2019
Stan Grant, Australia Day can be a time for hope, not resentment, ABC Online, 26 January 2019
Stan Grant, In our land not yet won, who are we Australians?, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 2019