A one sentence introduction at an awards ceremony summed up his work and ambition: "Who has a cooler job than Steve Grant?!" OFF camera, Steve Grant passed the ketchup to former President Nixon at a Caribbean café’… prayed The Lord’s Prayer with Pope John Paul II during a private audience… was hugged by network commentator Paul Harvey for earning the highest local news ratings in the nation... and received prayer beads from the Dalai Lama after the Tibetan spiritual leader’s Arkansas visit in 2011.
ON camera, he is all about “what people want to know, and need to know.” Steve belongs to that school of broadcast journalists who believe ‘everybody has a story.’ As one of the most experienced, reliable and trusted news anchors in the Ozarks, he lives his childhood dream with every newscast and report.
He is known for his versatility. Finding, covering and introducing the interesting lives, greatest struggles, and best days of people across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas drives his work and all of the KY3 newsteam. 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 from New York City,Washington, D.C., Hollywood and Vatican City.
Steve started anchoring and reporting for KY3 just after his 20th birthday, bringing his 'radio days' in high school to the NBC affiliate's news desk. 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. Over the years, his work continues to be commended by the Missouri Broadcasters Assocation, Associated Press, Kansas City Press Club, and the Mid-America Chapter of the "Emmys". He is also on the "Emmys' board of governors.
He 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 capital on 16 flights. By all accounts, OHF was the most successful chapter in the US by the final flight on June 6th, 2012, the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Steve was one of the founding 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.
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.
Follow him at Noon and 6pm on the #1 NBC station in the nation. And catch the headlines, his thoughts, favorite quotes, and occasional one-liners via his Facebook pages and on Twitter @stevegrantky3.