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Rowe at the launching of her book Love. Wisdom. Motherhood, June 2011
|Born||Jessica June Rowe
22 June 1970
|Known for||Ten Eyewitness News (1996 – 2005)
Seven News (2007 – 2013)
Weekend Sunrise (2010 – 2013)
Studio 10 (2013 – present)
|Awards||Member of the Order of Australia (AM)|
Rowe attended Sydney Girls High School in Sydney, and completed a Communications degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. During her studies she was a broadcaster with on-campus community radio station 2MCE-FM.
At 22 years old, Rowe started her career at Channel Nine as a receptionist for Nine's Wide World of Sports. She made her on-air debut as a weather presenter on Prime Television in Canberra. She was later spotted by Network Ten executives, and was made a main news presenter. She presented Ten Sydney's flagship Ten News at Five bulletin with Ron Wilson for almost 10 years, from 1996 until the end of 2005.
In 2005, Rowe signed a contract valued at $500,000 to host the Nine Network's Today, which she briefly co-hosted with Karl Stefanovic from late January until early December 2006. Ten took Rowe to court over her defection, claiming that a clause in their contract with Rowe prevented her from starting at Nine until June 2006. The case was dismissed on 30 December 2005, allowing Rowe to debut on the show 30 January 2006.
Rowe's early tenure with the Nine Network's Today was disastrous. There was public criticism of her presentation style on this breakfast television show, a style which was perceived by many as "annoying". Additionally, Rowe was embarrassed on 30 May 2006 by a gaffe in which Australian Brigadier Michael Slater revealed during a live cross that the interview from Dili, East Timor was being stage managed. Nine Network CEO Eddie McGuire made a public statement in June 2006 falsely stating the claims Rowe was to be "sacked" were part of "a malicious and unprecedented vilification campaign" This followed the sworn evidence in an affidavit from Nine's former head of news Mark Llewellyn that McGuire had threatened to "bone" Jessica Rowe during a meeting with executives On 26 July 2006, she fell down six stairs at her Sydney home and suffered a broken wrist, but her unborn baby was uninjured. She went back to work on Today on the following Monday.
The Sydney Morning Herald had reported on 23 July that Rowe would return to television as a news presenter for Seven News. She was also a contestant in the seventh series of Dancing with the Stars.
On 15 December 2008, News Limited reported that Rowe's contract with the Seven Network had not been renewed. The head of the network, David Leckie, confirmed that her contract had ended and that Seven was unable to offer her a permanent news presenter position, although he said that casual news presenting shifts may become available for her.
In late 2010, Rowe was appointed news presenter on Weekend Sunrise, a role she held for almost three years.
In September 2013, Rowe resigned from the Seven Network.
Outside of television
In April 2012, Rowe appeared as the Narrator in Side By Side By Sondheim at the Theatre Royal in Sydney as part of a Gala Concert featuring Ruthie Henshall. The gala was held to support Australia White Ribbon Foundation, a charity which seeks to raise awareness of violence against women.  The gala was part of an ongoing tour, which had started in April 2011 at Sydney's The Seymour Centre.
On 21 July 2006, Rowe announced on Today that she was 3½ months pregnant. Further, in an interview with The Australian Women's Weekly of 22 August 2006, she said that her baby was due on 22 January 2007. The baby was conceived after four IVF attempts. She began maternity leave from Today on 8 December 2006. Sarah Murdoch was her temporary replacement, however presented the show longer than originally intended. Kellie Sloane replaced Murdoch, and was eventually replaced by Lisa Wilkinson.
Rowe gave birth to daughter Allegra Penelope Overton on 18 January 2007, four days ahead of the due date. She later admitted that she had suffered from post-natal depression during Allegra's early months, in the hope of helping other mothers in the same situation.
On 9 April 2009, Rowe gave birth to daughter Giselle Charlotte Overton and it was announced by husband Peter Overton on Nine News Sydney on 10 April. Rowe and her family reside in Vaucluse, New South Wales. Rowe was honoured in 2015 Australia Day honours with the Member of the Order of Australia.
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- "Distinguished Old Girls". The History of Sydney Girls High School. Sydney Girls High School. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
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- "Brigadier tells it like it is". The Age. 31 May 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2006.
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- "Rowe back with a smile". News Limited. 31 July 2006.[dead link]
- "Rowe quits Today over pay". The Sunday Telegraph. 6 May 2007.
- "Rowe lands Seven gig after postnatal depression" The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2007
- Jessica Rowe's new late show – The Daily Telegraph, 30 Jan 2008
- Jessica Rowe dumped by Channel Seven: report, The Age, 15 December 2008.
- "Jessica Rowe gets the last laugh as she takes Studio 10's chair". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- AussieTheatre.com.au (28 April 2012). "Side by Side by Sondheim: a star-studded event". Aussietheatre.com.au. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- John P. Harvey. "Side by Side by Sondheim". Stage WHispers. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "Side By Side By Sondheim". Enda Markey Presents. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "A Rowe of hurdles". The Daily Telegraph. 22 August 2006.[dead link]
- "Murdoch takes summer job in the Packer camp". The Australian. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2006.
- Jessica's honesty over baby blues, The Age, 8 December 2008.
- Hutton, Dan (27 August 2011). "Love, Wisdom, Motherhood – Jessica Rowe". The Beast. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- Official website
- Jessica Rowe at the Internet Movie Database
- "Jessica Rowe – My Best Times" in Good Medicine magazine, October 2004
- "Out of the darkness" Sixty Minutes, 29 February 2004
Co-host with Ita Buttrose, Sarah Harris &
November 2013 – present
Sarah Cumming & Sharyn Ghidella
December 2010 – September 2013
Co-host with Karl Stefanovic
30 January 2006 – 8 December 2006
|Ten News at Five Sydney
Presenter with Ron Wilson
1996 – 2005