Jamelle’s journey from Cobar to the city courts in print

Jamelle Wells with Cobar family friend Heather Collins at the launch of her book, The Court Reporter, held recently at The Glebe Bookstore in Sydney. Photo

As a seasoned court reporter, the ABC’s Jamelle Wells has filed thousands of stories on murderers, sex offenders, thieves, bad drivers, family feuds and business deals gone wrong.

Jamelle, who grew up in Cobar, has witnessed many of Australia’s most notorious and high-profile court cases in more than 10 years working as a court reporter, many of which she has written about in her book, The Court Reporter.

Friends, colleagues and members of the public recently attended the launch of her book at The Glebe Bookshop.

In the line of duty, she has sat next to criminals and their families, been chased, spat on, stalked and carted off by ambulance for emergency surgery after an accident outside Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) building.

From the calculated and cruel, to the unfair and unlucky, from pure evil to plain stupid – Jamelle has seen it all.

Described as “a very interesting read” her book is a tough and fearless journalist’s memoir that looks at the cases that have shocked, moved and never left us.

Jamelle is an ABC television and radio presenter and the Senior Court Reporter for New South Wales.

She works across television, radio and online.

Before Jamelle joined the ABC she was a presenter for commercial stations including 2GB and 2CH, a magazine editor and a theatre reviewer and columnist.