Jess Davis

I’m a climate reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, with more than 7 years experience in radio, TV and online. 

I predominantly work as a video journalist shooting both vision and stills on the Lumix GH5 and occasionally iPhone, including for live crosses. I edit using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Lightroom.

I speak Arabic, German and Swedish, with an honours degree in political science and Arabic. I’m also an avid outdoors person, rock climbing, trail running and gravel riding. 


The battle over brumbies

ABC Landline/August 2021

There is a magic about Australia’s high country, where in winter, deep snow blankets the ground. But the peace of the mountains hides a conflict that has driven the community there apart. A conflict over horses.

A 15 minute TV story and interactive digital piece on the deep divide over the fate of Australia’s feral horses known colloquially as brumbies. 

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From ‘moonscape’ to ‘oasis’, the pitfalls of controlling water in worsening climate extremes

ABC Online/Dec 2022

A data visualisation story tracing the epic journey of rivers from source to sea. The story highlights the complexities of managing water in Australia as drought and flood extremes intensify.

The story won a bronze in the 2022 Society of News Design awards. With the judges saying: “ The opening line transforming into a watershed is an impactful choice, drawing the audience into the project from the start. The abstraction and focus on key elements guides the viewer's attention to what's important. The smoothness of the execution and the high technical proficiency are evident, creating a seamless and engaging experience. The piece feels refreshingly original.”

Deep in coal country, one community is grappling with what the future holds

ABC 7.30/June 2021

As the global movement to cut emissions gathers pace, regional communities reliant on coal face an uncertain future. It's an issue that continues to be used as a political wedge in Australian politics.

I spent time in one coal community in central Queensland, grappling with what the future holds. 


Climate change is already having devastating effects on our health

ABC 7:30/March 2022

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned to expect an increase in illness and premature deaths as the earth warms, but Australian doctors say they're seeing devastating health effects already.

Jen Spears lives in Tura Beach on the New South Wales south coast and was three months pregnant with her third child when the Black Summer bushfires hit, exposing her to smoke for five weeks.

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A nearby nurse and the firefighter left to wait in agony

ABC Background Briefing/February 2021

Volunteer firefighter Rodney O'Keeffe survived a fire tornado, but it left him with broken ribs and severe burns. A mere 800 metres away, there was a remote area nurse desperately trying to reach him but she was stopped at the state border.

An investigative radio documentary and online story about how during the height of Australia’s blacksummer bushfires state borders prevented people getting the help they needed.

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