Jess Cartwright

Jess is a 1 NEWS reporter based in Central Otago.

Jess was born and raised throughout New Zealand, but returned home in 2017 after living in the United States for the past couple years.

She went over to complete her Masters degree at Columbia Journalism School in New York, then stayed to work for another year as a reporter and video journalist at a local NBC affiliate in Tennessee.

Source: 1 NEWS

Her time in America allowed her to cover big stories from the 2016 Presidential election, to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  

She started at TVNZ in July 2017 as the new video journalist for 1 NEWS covering the Central Otago region.

Jess spent much of her childhood in the deep south and is excited to now be living down in the heartland and sharing your stories.

A farm girl at heart, she’s not afraid to get stuck in and herd some cattle for a good story.

Please reach out to her with your story ideas, she can’t wait to hear from you.

Email her at, and follow her on Twitter @jesscartnews and on Facebook at