Grant McOmie is a journalist, author and teacher who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities, and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest
A fifth-generation Oregon native, Grant's roots run deepest in the Central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond. Grant is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove and he continued graduate studies in Journalism, English and Speech Communications at the University of Washington and the University of Portland (Master of Arts). He is an adjunct instructor in the Media Arts Department at Pacific University.
Grant began his broadcast career at KGW in 1981, and then worked at other stations in Seattle and Portland. He returned to KGW in 2008.
While Grant has had a varied career reporting and producing topical and timely environmental news stories, features and documentary programs, it's been the exploration of the Pacific Northwest back roads and byways that he has enjoyed the most.
Grant has received significant awards for his work, including numerous Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts. He shares the distinct honor of the Edward R. Murrow Award for News Coverage from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, as well as many Oregon Associated Press and Oregon Association of Broadcasters news awards over the past three decades.
Grant's popular getaway segment has been a broadcast fixture in Portland since 1988. He has also written of his travels and adventures in a series of books. His latest, " “Grant’s Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids” offers many outdoor activities across Oregon that will engage any kid, from archery to clamming on the coast to hunting for thundereggs to zip-lining through trees in an aerial adventure park. The new book is also available as e-book download and will be published June 6, 2017.
Grant's Getaways is produced in partnership with Travel Oregon, as well as: