Meet KY3's Steve Grant.
At an awards ceremony, a network weathercaster summed up his on-air work with one-line: "Who has a cooler job than Steve Grant?!" Join Steve 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 is recognized as one of the most experienced, reliable and trusted news anchors in the Midwest. He lives his childhood dream every day.
He is known for versatility in finding, covering and introducing the interesting lives, greatest struggles, and best days of people across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. He belongs to that school of broadcast journalists 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 from New York City, Washington, D.C., Hollywood, and Vatican City.
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 "Emmy" awards. He is also President of NATAS Mid-America, and a 'Silver Circle' honoree.
Mr. Grant deeply embraces faith, and believes in stepping up with volunteering for church and community. As host for Ozarks Honor Flight, the Springfield-based chapter flew more than 1,300 WWII veterans to Washington, DC on 16 trips. By all accounts,the most successful chapter in the US by its final flight on the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Steve was among the youngest and earliest advocates to seek and serve the homeless, and is well into his second decade on the board of trustees for Springfield Workshop (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 for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and belted out “Chicken Train” to open a hometown concert. He and his wife are the "parents" of Rocket and Suzie, the Japanese Chins, and reside on the James River.
Catch the latest headlines, his thoughts, favorite quotes and memes via his popular Facebook page (Steve Grant KY3 News) and on Twitter @stevegrantky3.