ⓘ Jess Hill (writer)
Jess Hill is an Australian investigative journalist. In 2020, she won the Stella Prize for her non-fiction work See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse.
Hill started her journalism career as a producer for ABC Radio National. In 2011, she relocated to Cairo, Egypt, to become Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail. She then moved into investigative journalism, working for ABCs Background Briefing programme. In 2014 she began writing about domestic violence.
Her book, See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse, was published in 2019 and won the 2020 Stella Prize for Australian womens writing. In 2019, it was announced that Hill would present a three-part television documentary based on the book, which would be screened on SBS Special Broadcasting Service in 2020.
In 2020, Hill is the inaugural journalist-in-residence at the University of Technology Sydney.
2. Awards and recognition
In 2015, Hill received three Our Watch Awards for her reporting on domestic violence - the Our Watch Gold Award, the Best Series or Special Award for her series on family violence, broadcast on ABC Radio National and the Best Longform Award for Home Truths: The costs and causes of domestic violence, published in The Monthly.
In 2016, Hill received two Walkley Awards - one for Womens Leadership in Media, and one for a piece of feature writing on the Family Court of Australia, Suffer the Children: Trouble in the Family Court. This piece of writing also earnt Hill an Amnesty International Australia Media Award.
In addition to winning the Stella Prize, See What You Made Me Do was a finalist for both the 2019 Walkley Book Award and 2019 Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award, and shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Non-fiction.