Johanna Griggs

June 18, 2010, 6:37 pm betterhomesgardens



Johanna Griggs has hosted Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens since 2005. Over that time she has also hosted the network’s Brisbane International, APIA Sydney International (formerly the Adidas then Medibank International), Australian Open and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival telecasts. From 2001-2007 she was one of the hosts of Sportsworld. She also presented the sport news on Seven Sydney’s weekend bulletins in 2009 and 2010.

Prior to her move to television, Johanna represented Australia in swimming, winning Bronze at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990, and a silver at the 1991 World Championships.

After announcing her retirement from swimming in May 1993, Johanna joined the Seven Network. She reported for shows such as Sportsworld and Sydney Weekender, and hosted The AFL Half Time Show. In 1994 and 1995, Johanna hosted Seven’s Summer of Tennis, and worked as a presenter of the 1994 World Swimming Championships from Rome. Later that year Johanna presented the Weekend Sports News and then became the network’s first national female (and youngest ever) sports presenter.

Johanna took time out to care for her two sons, returning to television in 1998. She was a regular panellist on Foxtel’s Beauty and the Beast. She was also a regular guest on ABC TV’s sports panel show, The Fat and Good News Week.

Johanna returned to Seven in 2001 after successfully co-hosting the Network’s Olympic Sunrise program in 2000. That year she hosted the Adidas International Tennis broadcast, followed immediately by the Australian Open. Also in 2001 through to 2007 she was one of the hosts of the Sunday morning panel show Sportsworld. During the year Johanna also presented several of the Network’s special sport broadcasts and was host of Auction Squad for five seasons.

In 2002, Johanna travelled to Salt Lake City where she became the first solo female host of any Olympics Coverage in this country when she fronted Seven’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, and in 2006 she again hosted this event in Turin. She also hosted Seven’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In 2007, she was appointed to the Board of Events New South Wales and in 2009 received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters - Honoris Causis - from Macquarie University in NSW for services to swimming, media and charity fundraising.

In 2012, Better Homes and Gardens was awarded a record 10th Silver Logie for Australia’s Most Popular Lifestyle Program. The series is now in its 18th season.

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  1. Kaye08:55am Thursday 13th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Johanna We just love the show, I am so excited about having created topiary frames without having to soldier, just wire and a great imagination.

  2. Jennifer10:42am Saturday 08th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Jo, We are travelling around Australia in our van at the moment, my husband saw the knitted throw and wants me to make him one. Now we don't have an address to post to, we keep moving, I have been on the web site there are no pattern instructions, only rough idea of how many balls of yarn and the video of how to does even show how many stitches to cast on. Could I have a full pattern sheet so I can go into Spotlight somewhere in our travels and get the yarn to start this project, thanks Jen.

  3. Jeanette11:41pm Saturday 15th February 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi jo and team I watch your show. Also does our dog ,he love dr harry. Iv just lost my 18yr old staffershire . So tank (dog now) has her charactist (I can't spell very good,sorry). He watches all animal shows and while travelling in the car he watches a dvd "cats &dogs 1& 2 till finished. I would like to know when you could come to western australia, we live by the sea and river. Cape burney wa 6532. We liked how you did the street make overs. Could you come and do our street numbers from 22 to 29 as all gardens are in need of a good overall. Please. You all can stay at my house.

  4. kavanagh01:54pm Friday 14th February 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Johanna I'm just wondering if you could ever think of helping me with anything in my backyard or house I have a dream house well to me if you ever want a challenge I love my house raised my boys on my own just never seem to have enough to fix my house. I've worked all my life but only just bought my first house 5 yrs ago but as much as I work you never seem to have any left. If not we'll love you guys but have taken another shift on the Friday night but one of my league players brings your book in lol. We'll you all have a great years and luck on all of us

  5. Heather03:53pm Tuesday 10th December 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Johanna, I think you and the show are fabulous. Each week you wear that lovely pendant, curious to know if it has a special meaning for you?

  6. Valerie11:41pm Friday 22nd November 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi guys do you ever think about the Western states It seems very one sided we are the forgotten tribe. I would like some help with what i call our bush garden where I feed lots and lots of native birds, roos, possums. bandicoots and the occasional woylie, plus blue tongued lizards, Lace lizards and have done for the last 18 years. I need a little help in organizing our back garden . Thanking you in anticipation Val

  7. Ynot08:54pm Friday 15th November 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Can someone tell me what the brand of the BBQ was being used in tonights show when the guy was cutting up the fruit Date 15th November 2013

  8. Dallas08:10pm Friday 15th November 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Joh, don't know if this has been asked before but.... is your wardrobe full of the same old boring interweave t-shirts? I certainly think that it is time to change your look..... you're young and beautiful, TIME TO SHOW IT!!! Also, what is with the same necklace EVERY TIME??? (this is from my wife who loves the show and you. Please, for the love of God, make a change for the harmony of this house!!!)

  9. Kim09:32am Wednesday 02nd October 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Johanna, desperate for some help my partner and I have taken on career of my 6yr old grandchild for reunification to my daughter in the next 12 to 18 months but we have not finished the renovations on the house we bought as it was a long term expedition at the time, because circumstances have changed we do not have the time to finish before we get her in December as I am doing 90% of it on my own and I am 62yrs old so is a slow process. We are in the process of having a new septic put in air con and the wiring done so finances have been stretched to their limit. We have only 1 builder in town and he is flat out, we are in Menindee NSW (outback) so we have to get everyone from Mildura or Broken Hill . I still have a side room to finish which will be a spare room and play room which has access from inside to the laundry, the kitchen isn't finished the builder did half the bath room tiles and never finished it the Pergola can't which we have can't be put up till the septic is done and the back yard can't be landscaped till that is done either and we have 2 months to do all this in instead of 2 years, I have lost my Mo Jo and don't know where to start now PLEASE can you help me, I have all the materials to finish just no help John works 7 days a week can send pics of what I have done so far.

  10. Lee08:09pm Monday 24th June 2013 ESTReport Abuse

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