Stan Grant has a long and somewhat controversial professional history that has blended media with politics.
Born in Griffith in south-west New South Wales, Stan’s mother is from the Kamilaroi people and his father is of the Wiradjuri.
Much of Stan’s childhood was spent on the road, living in small towns and Aboriginal communities. This gave him a love of adventure and stories, and despite poverty and an early sporadic education, he says it was his family and the larger Aboriginal community that gave him a strong platform for life.
After attending University, Stan won a cadetship with the Macquarie Radio Network, launching a 30-year career in journalism. During that time he travelled the world covering the major stories of our time including the release of Nelson Mandela, the death of Princess Diana, war in Iraq, the Pakistan Earthquake and the rise of China.
Stan has won many major awards including an Australian T.V Logie, a Columbia University Du-Pont Award, and the prestigious U.S Peabody Award. He is a four-time winner of the highly prized Asia TV Awards, including reporter of the year.
Stan has written The Tears of Strangers and Talking To My Country and has published numerous articles and opinion pieces for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.
Today Stan is the Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and special advisor to the Prime Minister on Indigenous constitutional recognition.