rior to returning to Network Ten, Jessica was news anchor on Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network and was co-host of The Today Show on the Nine Network. She has also competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2007.
Jessica began her journalism career in 1993 after graduating from Charles Sturt University with a degree in Communications. She has also studied at Sydney University, achieving a Masters of International Studies.
Jessica is also a published author. In August 2015 Jessica released her insightful and inspiring memoir Is This My Beautiful Life? (Allen & Unwin), which has proven to be a bestseller and is now in reprint. Jessica co-authored her first book with her mother, Penelope Rowe, titled The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times, an account of their family’s experience living with Penelope’s bipolar disorder. Her second book, the bestselling Love, Wisdom, Motherhood, reveals the struggles, joys and heartache of motherhood through the account of eleven women.
In December 2016 Jessica signed with Fairfax Media as a new weekly columnist for Sunday Life Magazine. Every week Jessica responds to readers' dilemmas in her column Dear Jess. Jessica also has her own website, craphousewife.com, where she shares all her amusing tales and misadventures of being a working mum and a terrible cook. Launched in June 2017, craphousewife.com is an extension of Jessica's hilarious posts on her social channels where she has gained a strong and loyal social following with her using #craphousewife.
Aside from news and current affairs, Jessica has made an indelible mark on Australian society with her advocacy work for mental health. She is a patron for the Mental Health Council of Australia, Mum4Mum, an ambassador for beyondblue, an ambassador for Camp Kookaburra and Welcome To Australia (an organisation assisting refugee families in Australia), a board member of the George Gregan Foundation, a member of the IVF Australia Ethics Committee and is involved with the Exodus Foundation and Community Brave (a campaign supporting bullied youths).
All of Jessica’s philanthropic endeavours saw her receive an Order of Australia for her work in mental health advocacy at the Australia Day honours in 2015.
In her personal life, Jessica is married to Nine News reader and 60 Minutes reporter Peter Overton. Together, they have two beautiful young daughters, Allegra and Giselle.
Jessica is a most engaging and passionate speaker who has always received the most glowing reviews as an MC and keynote speaker.
Is This My Beautiful Life? An honest, revealing and inspiring health and wellbeing presentation perfect for all women.
Jessica shares insights that go beyond her memoir, Is This My Beautiful Life? (Allen & Unwin). Jessica shares hers and her family's struggles with mental health issues, as well as the highs and lows she's experienced throughout her professional career. For all her accomplishments and success (Jessica was recently honoured with an Order of Australia at the 2015 Australia Day honours for her work in broadcasting and mental health advocacy).
Jessica has had her share of setbacks, many of which have played out in the public eye. Jessica has finally come to learn that there is no such thing as the perfect mother, the perfect wife or the perfect career woman, and that we simply cannot have - or do - it all. In Is This My Beautiful Life?, Jessica asks her audience to go easy on themselves, to accept life's imperfections and cherish our moments of joy.
"Jessica was very well received by the audience of some 400 rural and regional women. She addressed the audience with honesty and compassion and a real understanding of their many faceted roles as women in current times. Her humour and warm heartedness enhanced her address and left women with a feeling of being uplifted and appreciated." Lynn Rogers, Parkes Rural Women's Gathering
"Jessica is the consummate professional. Engaging, polite, professional and bursting with energy." Luke Dunkerley, Woolworths
"It was refreshing to meet Jessica and we were all incredibly taken by her down to earth, fun and vibrant attitude. Jessica was not only punctual and professional, but she was so incredibly gracious in accommodating the requests of our guests (including the stampede of selfies)! Jessica went above and beyond yesterday, and all I know is that she has set the bar very high for any events HDI-Gerling host in the near future!" Dimitra Thanos, HDI-Gerling Industrial Insurance Company