Television presenter, author and journalist
Jessica Rowe is one of Australia's best-known television presenters. She began her career in 1993 and has held various positions at all three commercial television networks including a decade as co- anchor of Network Ten's First at Five News. She also co-hosted the Today Show and was part of the Seven Network's news-reading team and Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise programs.
In 2007 Jessica briefly swapped her news-presenting role for dancing shoes, when she appeared on Season 9 of Seven's Dancing with the Stars.
Since November 2013 Jessica has co-hosted Studio10 on Network Ten each weekday morning with Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand and Ita Buttrose.
On Australia Day 2015 Jessica Rowe was honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia for her long commitment to mental health advocacy and her 20-year career in broadcasting.
Jessica is passionate about news and current affairs as well as her advocacy work for mental health organisations. Jessica was 10 when her mother Penelope was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and became her first contact with mental illness.
Jessica is patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Ambassador for beyondblue and patron of its work on postnatal depression. Jessica is on the board of the George Gregan Foundation and is a member of the IVF Australia Ethics Committee. She has also worked with Lifeline and SANE Australia and is also a patron of Kookaburra Kids, which supports children who are primary carers for a parent.
Jessica has co-authored a book with her mother, Penelope Rowe, called The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, an account of their family's experience of living with Penelope's bi-polar disorder. Her latest book Love. Wisdom. Motherhood. is a book of conversations with inspiring women about what it means to be a mother.
Jessica was very well received by the audience of some 400 rural and regional women. She address 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 the feeling of being uplifted and appreciated.