Grattan became The Age‘s first female Canberra Bureau Chief in 1976 and in 1993 was the first female editor of a daily metropolitan newspaper (The Canberra Times). She also worked for The Financial Review and Sydney Morning Herald. Trusted by her readers and sources, Grattan won the respect of politicians from all sides for what some rivals called a “fetish for accuracy”, which saw her waking cabinet ministers and backbenchers at all hours to confirm a fact or quote. Her tireless commitment changed the work practices of the Canberra gallery and she inspired a generation of female journalists to report federal politics.
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