Jan Fran (Jeanette Francis) is a journalist, broadcaster and social commentator. She co-hosts SBSVICELAND’s flagship current affairs show, The Feed, where she makes the news funny.
A writer, producer and presenter, Jan is one of the most unique voices in Australian news and current affairs bridging the gap between news and comedy.
Jan Fran is also a documentary maker and presenter. Her latest documentary, Grassroots America, followed campaigners across the United States ahead of the 2016 Presidential election.
In 2015 her half hour documentary on the abuse of disabled children in schools was nominated for UN Media Peace Prize. In 2016 she spearheaded The Feed’s week of Australian election coverage broadcasting live from five electorates in five days.
Jan is a former TV news reporter turned-video journalist who has travelled Australia and the world filming stories for Living Black, SBS World News and Dateline. She is one of a handful of Australian journalists to have been allowed into Nauru to cover Australia’s immigration detention center.
In 2012 She was nominated for a Young Walkley award for a three-part series she shot in Uganda on women after war.
Aside from hosting TV special events including the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest, Jan is a regular social commentator on The Drum, Triple J’s Hack and Lateline.
She has written for SBS, Mamamia, Junkee and the Victorian Women’s Trust. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and is particularly interested in paid parental leave, the decriminalization of abortion and laws around revenge porn.
Jan also advocates for cultural diversity on screen be it in film, television and online. She is a 2017 Australia Day Ambassador and a 2017 Cosmopolitan Career Mentor.
She grew up a proud Lebanese-Australian in Sydney’s western suburbs and graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a BA in journalism and international studies.
She has lived in France, Bangladesh, Uganda and Lebanon and speaks three languages, most of them terribly.