Jessica Terrell is an award-winning reporter, audio producer, and digital storyteller.
She is currently working on a podcast series about America’s school lunch program for The Counter.
Jessica was previously the lead reporter and host of Offshore, a narrative journalism podcast about Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. The podcast received Eppy awards for best podcast in 2020 and 2018, as well as recognition from the Asian American Journalists Association, Best of the West, and Religion News Association.
Hawaii Grown, a special project she led at Honolulu Civil Beat about what it would take for Hawaii to become more food independent, was a finalist for 2021 Online News Association award for explanatory reporting.
Her 2015 series about life in Hawaii’s largest homeless encampment, garnered a first place Online News Association award for small newsroom feature. The project also received an honorable mention from the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism.
She is a member of the Online News Association’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a highly selective yearlong fellowship for journalists driving digital innovation in their newsrooms.
Jessica spent most of her childhood on the road as a singer, dancer and drummer in a New Orleans family jazz band. Spending her childhood wandering from town to town imbued her with a passion for discovery and storytelling that she tries to translate into work as a journalist.