ABC State Political Reporter
Jessica Strutt has worked as a political reporter in Western Australia for more than a decade and has experience across all media platforms including print, radio, television and on line.
She joined ABC News Perth four years ago, after two years out of journalism working as a senior media adviser in Government.
She is currently ABC’s State political reporter.
Prior to working in Government Jessica worked at Nine News as their state political reporter.
She started her journalism career as a print reporter, which included five and a half years with The West Australian newspaper.
At Western Australia’s daily newspaper she cover State politics for four and a half years before taking on the social and Aboriginal affairs round which had her travelling to many remote areas across the State.
Before entering journalism, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and history at the University of Western Australia.
Jessica did all of her journalism training on the job, which started when she secured an internship with The Australian’s Perth office in 2003.
From there she landed her first journalism job with Rural Press, working as a cadet reporter in the Wheatbelt farming town of Merredin. But after a few months she left the sheep and wheat reporting behind after being offered a cadetship with The Sunday Times in Perth.
In 2005, Jessica was poached by The West Australian and during her time with the newspaper won awards for her political and resources reporting.
In 2008 she won the top State print news award for a series of reports exposing child sex abuse, violence and alcohol problems plaguing the remote Aboriginal community of Oombulgurri.
In 2016 Jessica was the joint winner of WA’s top political reporting prize.