Jessica Terrell is an award-winning reporter, audio producer, and digital storyteller.
She is currently the lead reporter and host of Offshore, a narrative journalism podcast about Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. The podcast received a 2018 Eppy Award, as well as recognition from the Asian American Journalists Association, Best of the West, and Religion News Association.
Her 2015 series, “The Harbor,” 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.
As a reporter, Jessica has investigated everything from school safety concerns to faulty public works projects and military recruitment irregularities. She’s covered two national political conventions, and filed stories from the White House during President Barack Obama’s first summer in office.
Other memorable reporting assignments include camping out overnight in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park for a story on Occupy Wall Street, visiting the National Sept. 11 Memorial before it opened with members of Manhattan’s Community Board 1, and climbing 36 flights of stairs in the dark after Hurricane Sandy to find her editor and start reporting on the impacts of the storm in lower Manhattan.
Born in Mexico and raised all over the United States, 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.