Tracy Grimshaw is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, but how did her media career start?
Tracy Grimshaw began her media career in 1979 when she worked work for the local newspaper, ‘The Diamond Valley News’. Her first assignment was banging out an advertorial on pool filters on a typewriter – talk about cutting-edge journalism! She began at Nine in 1981 as a reporter, in 1985 she began presenting news bulletins and by 1987 had been appointed as the presenter of National Nine Morning News.
Throughout the next decade, she would go on to report on overseas events for the Nine Network, as well as reporting for A Current Affair and hosting the program over the summer non-ratings period. In 1992 she began hosting Today on Saturday, a role she held till 1996. In 1995 she hosted the of The Midday Show with David Reyne, which only lasted six months. She also hosted Animal Hospital.
After wrapping up on Today on Saturday, she became the co-host of Today alongside Steve Liebmann from 1996, where she stayed until later 2005.
From January 2006, Tracy has hosted A Current Affair, a role she still holds today. Throughout her time as host she has been involved in a number of important and hard-hitting interviews. In 2006, she interviewed Beaconsfield Mine disaster survivors Todd Russell and Brant Webb in a special two-hour presentation called ‘The Great Escape’. More recently, she interviewed Don Burke in regards to the recent allegations that surfaced about him. In 2009, Tracy was awarded with a Walkley Award.
On Sunday, Tracy has her first shot at a Gold Logie, as well as Most Popular Presenter and Most Outstanding News or Public Affairs category for her extraordinary interview with TV host Don Burke. Will she be able to score her first Logie?