Steve Cannane

Journalist, TV presenter, MC

Steve Cannane is a journalist and presenter on ABC TV's weeknight discussion program The Drum - a panel discussion program providing news and analysis on issues of the day.

Running on both ABC News24 and ABC1, The Drum's lively panel of guests chew over the day's events each week night at 6pm.

He is also a reporter and fill-in presenter on ABC1's late night news and current affairs program, Lateline, and has appeared on Ten's The 7PM Project.

Steve has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and The Bulletin and is an accomplished keynote speaker, MC and facilitator.

Steve Cannane has also worked as a reporter, producer and presenter for Triple J. In 2004 he was the pop culture commentator on ABC TV's Mondo Thingo with Amanda Keller and was a reporter, producer and presenter for the current affairs program Hack for two and a half years until July 2006. 

In 2006 he won the Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing for his Hack stories on ‘Petrol Sniffing, Pill Testing and the Cost of War'. He was commended in the same category in 2005. In 2006 he won the Excellence in Alcohol and Drug Media Reporting Award at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards. 

In 2008, Steve Cannane presented The Hack Half Hour on ABC2. In 2009, he presented the award-winning ABC1 documentary series Whatever - The Science of Teenagers and he also published First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them, which was chosen in 2010 as one of the ‘50 Books You Can't Put Down', part of the Australian Government's Get Reading! initiative.

Steve has also visited the US as the Australian representative on the US Department of State's Edward R Murrow Program, where emerging leaders in the field of journalism from around the world are invited to examine journalistic practices in the United States. 

Client testimonials

Steve Cannane has presented as master of ceremonies in functions for the Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism. He was funny, appropriate and, most important, efficient in moving things along.

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance

I was impressed by Steve's professionalism and preparation as he had briefed himself fully on the mission of our organisations and the objectives of the function. He naturally and skillfully wove in our main bullet-points throughout the evening.

Life, Love and Health Inc.

Despite the many challenges we threw at Steve he handled the task with poise and grace. Whether it was complex names from all parts of the world, a late-starting program or a last-minute briefing, Steve remained completely unflustered and on-top of the game.


He was one of the best guest speakers we have ever had. He mixed with the club members, he mixed with all ages, he appealed to everyone. His talk was especially applicable for our colts team.

Narromine Rugby Club

Steve was very well received. He spoke to the audience and had some outsider insights into the library profession which were good to hear. The evaluations of his presentation were overwhelmingly positive. We would be happy to recommend him.

NSW Metropolitan Public Libraries Association