Senior ABC journalist Tracey Holmes has made a surprising decision to resign from her position at the public broadcaster, signaling her departure just months after her husband, Stan Grant, also left his high-profile role. Holmes took to X, formerly Twitter, to announce her resignation and express her excitement for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics, which will be her 14th Olympic Games as a journalist/reporter/broadcaster. Although she did not reveal her future plans, Holmes assured her colleagues, listeners, viewers, and supporters that she will continue her career elsewhere.
Holmes' departure follows her husband Grant's decision to step down from his hosting role on Q+A in May, before leaving the ABC entirely in August. Grant cited racial abuse as the reason for his departure, accusing the national broadcaster of not defending him against the attacks. In August, Grant publicly expressed his disappointment with ABC management, claiming they lacked "moral courage" to support their employees when subjected to vicious attacks.
In a show of solidarity, Holmes accompanied Grant to Randwick police station to report racist threats allegedly made against him. The couple has been vocal about their experiences with racial abuse and the need for significant action against such behavior.
During her long tenure at the ABC, Holmes worked on various sports programs and became Australia's first female host of the popular sports program, Grandstand. Her dedication and expertise in sports journalism have greatly contributed to the broadcaster's coverage over the years.
As Holmes bids farewell to the ABC at the end of November, she remains committed to her career in sports journalism and her passion for reporting on the Olympic Games. While she did not disclose her future destination, it is clear that she is already setting her sights on covering the Paris 2024 Olympics, which will undoubtedly provide another platform for her talent and experience.
The departure of Tracey Holmes from the ABC, along with her husband Stan Grant's earlier exit, raises questions about the challenges faced by journalists when dealing with racial abuse. It also highlights the importance of organizations taking a stronger stance against such behavior and providing unwavering support to their employees. As Holmes embarks on the next chapter of her career, her contributions to the field of sports journalism will undoubtedly be missed by her colleagues, audiences, and readers alike.