Kay McGrath

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Kay McGrath is an Australian journalist.

McGrath is currently weekend presenter on Seven News Brisbane,[1] she formerly presented the bulletin with Rod Young on weekends between 2013 and 2016, and on weeknights between 2002 and 2012, during which, after years of steady progress, the bulletin overtook the rival Nine News Queensland as the top-rating news service in Brisbane.[2][3][4]


McGrath was formerly a newsreader at TVQ-0 and presented a national breakfast news/finance show called TVAM on the Seven Network in 1988 from Sydney and the following year Kay joined the Seven News Brisbane team in 1989, has had a distinguished career by reporting on the Fitzgerald Inquiry, as well as the Brisbane airport hijacking, and reporting on-location after Cyclone Larry hit Innisfail, and on the Sunshine Coast in the aftermath of Steve Irwin's death.

During her time with Seven, she has reported for and co-hosted a series of documentaries on local social issues, including the acclaimed special, "Behind Closed Doors: Child Abuse in Queensland".

In January 2013, McGrath and Young were demoted to Friday and Saturday anchors of Seven News Brisbane, after more than 10 years on weeknights, with Sharyn Ghidella and Bill McDonald taking over Sunday to Thursday nights.

Personal life[edit]

McGrath is committed to a number of community issues. A campaigner against child abuse, she is patron of the organisation, Protect All Children Today (PACT), and an ambassador for Act for Kids. For a number of years McGrath has also chaired the committee that organises Child Protection Week activities in Queensland during September, she is also committed to the fight against breast cancer, and is a vice patron of the Breast Cancer Association of Queensland.

McGrath has two sons.


  1. ^ "Newsreader Kay McGrath should see writing on the wall". news.com.au. Retrieved 10 February 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ Hunter, Clare (3 October 2011). "Seven dominates Nine in TV ratings". Queensland University of Technology. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  3. ^ "SEVEN WINS THE 2009 RATINGS YEAR IN SEQ". Yahoo!7. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ "50 Years of Brisbane TV-Part 1 Good night and Goodbye: Farewells from the newsdesk..." Kuttsywood. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
Media offices
Preceded by
Simone Semmens
Seven News Brisbane
Presenter with Rod Young

1989 - 2012
Succeeded by
Sharyn Ghidella & Bill McDonald
Preceded by
Sharyn Ghidella
Seven News Brisbane
Weekend presenter

January 2013 - present
Succeeded by