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Karla Grant


Karla Grant is host and executive producer of SBS Television’s ‘Living Black’.

Karla has dedicated a huge part of her career to working in Indigenous news and current affairs, witnessing and reporting on the shifts in policy and attitude towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Karla started at SBS over 16 years ago, as a presenter, producer, reporter and director of the Walkley Award-winning ‘ICAM’ (Indigenous Current Affairs Magazine) program. In 2002 she was appointed executive producer of the network’s Indigenous Media Unit and from there she developed the concept for ‘Living Black’, which first aired in February 2003.

Karla has also produced TV specials on reconciliation, land rights and the 1998 Federal election, as well as crafting documentaries on the 2001 and 2002 Survival concerts. For the past seven years, she’s overseen SBS’s coverage of the Deadly Awards, the national awards for Indigenous excellence in music, sport, entertainment and community service. She also regularly devotes her time to do volunteer work in her community.

Before joining SBS, Karla worked as a producer, director, reporter and presenter of Channel 10’s ‘Aboriginal Australia’, a national Aboriginal magazine program. She also worked for a leading production house in Canberra and hosted a weekly show on community radio station 2XX.

A keen long-distance runner and athlete, Karla was born in Adelaide to a Dutch father and an Aboriginal mother. She is proud of her heritage and is passionate about giving Indigenous Australians a voice. She also believes that ‘Living Black’ successfully fosters better understanding among all Australians about the plight of Indigenous people.

Karla lives in Sydney and is a devoted mum to her three children, Lowanna, John and Dylan.

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