Jessica Strutt – Journalist and Broadcaster
Jessica Strutt is a journalist and broadcaster with ABC Radio Perth. She worked as a political reporter in WA for more than a decade and has experience across all media platforms including print, radio, television and online.
Jess joined ABC News Perth seven years ago, after two years out of journalism working as a senior media adviser in government. Prior to making the recent decision to switch to a full-time radio gig with ABC, she was ABC’s chief state political reporter. She started her journalism career as a print reporter, which included five and a half years with The West Australian.
At WA’s daily newspaper Jess covered State politics for four and a half years before taking on the social and Aboriginal affairs round which had her travelling to many remote spots across the State. In 2010 was selected to travel to the USA on exchange to study the role of an independent media and journalistic practices as part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.
Before entering journalism, Jess completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and history at the University of WA. Her first full-time reporting job was in the Wheatbelt farming town of Merredin.
Jess grew up as one of seven children in the beautiful Perth Hills of WA where her love of family, community and nature began. She lives in Perth with her partner Lauren and their vertically challenged sausage dog Oscar. Jess loves jogging, bushwalking, and dancing like she’s 21 again in the ABC radio studio when she gets to play the odd dance track and thinks no one is looking.
Jess is a firm believer that people should be able to be true to themselves and that love conquers all – as evidenced by Australia’s same sex marriage vote.