Updated On: Oct 02 2013 11:42:23 AM CDT
At an awards ceremony, a network weathercaster summed up Steve Grant's work with a one-line introduction: "Who has a cooler job than Steve Grant?!" Join him weekdays on KY3 News at Noon and KY3 News at 6pm.
Steve started anchoring and reporting for KY3 just after his 20th birthday, bringing his 'radio days' in high school to the top-rated NBC affiliate's news desk. He one of the most experienced, reliable and trusted news anchors in the Ozarks and beyond. He lives his childhood dream with every newscast and report.
He is known for his versatility in finding, covering and introducing the interesting lives, greatest struggles, and best days of people across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Everybody has a story ! He belongs to that school of broadcast journalists who are all about 'what people want to know, and need to know." Over the years, his assignments have taken him to every city, town and county in the station's vast viewing area. As a traveling correspondent, he has reported New York City, Washington, D.C., Hollywood, and Vatican City.
Among his professional awards, his most cherished honors are being named "Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University" in 2010, and receiving an honorary doctorate from the College of the Ozarks in 2012. His work continues to be commended by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, Associated Press, Kansas City Press Club, and the Mid-America Chapter of the "Emmys". He is also on the Emmy's board of governors.
Mr. Grant deeply embraces faith, and believes in stepping up with volunteering for church and community. Most recently as host for Ozarks Honor Flight. The Springfield-based chapter flew more than 1,300 WWII veterans to their Memorial in our nation's capitol on 16 flights. By all accounts, OHF was the most successful chapter in the US by its final final on June 6th, 2012, the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Steve was among the youngest and earliest board members of 'The Kitchen' to seek and serve the homeless, and is starting his second decade on the board of trustees for Springfield Workshop (now SWI Industrial Solutions). When his schedule allows, he speaks to schools, civic groups and area churches.
OFF camera, Steve Grant passed the ketchup to former President Nixon at a Caribbean cafe… prayed The Lord’s Prayer with Pope John Paul II during a private audience… was hugged by Paul Harvey as congratulations for his amazing TV ratings… and received prayer beads from the Dali Lama after the Tibetan spiritual leader’s Arkansas visit in 2011.
It’s not all seriousness all the time. He once donned a chicken suit with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and belted out “Chicken Train” to open a hometown concert.
Catch the latest headlines, his thoughts, favorite quotes, and occasional one-liners via his Facebook pages and on Twitter @stevegrantky3.