Quick facts about Jessica Mudditt
- I was born in Australia and hold dual British citizenship.
- I left Melbourne almost a decade ago after studying Arts/Law at Monash University in Melbourne.
- I spent the first year away travelling across Asia before moving on to London, where I remained for three years – and came out at the end as an accredited newspaper journalist.
- In 2009 I crossed continents and spent the next three years working for national newspapers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I started off doing an internship with The Daily Star and later worked for another Bangladeshi national newspaper, The Independent, as a special correspondent.
- I moved to Myanmar in mid-2012 to take up a job as a sub-editor at The Myanmar Times. A few months later, Myanmar’s harsh censorship laws were abolished and it was around then that I became features editor.
- I switched to freelancing a year or so later and also worked a few nights a week as a sub-editor at Myanmar’s first privately-owned daily newspaper in 50 years, Myanma Freedom Daily. When it suspended publication in April 2014, I continued writing for The Bangkok Post, Mizzima, DVB, The Irrawaddy and IRIN – plus an assortment of travel magazines and trade publications.
- In September 2014 I started working for the British Embassy in Yangon. The role is a six month consultancy as UK Trade and Investment’s project manager – a truly excellent opportunity. As a result, I’ve retired from journalism until March 2015.
- I met my husband Sherpa in Dhaka five years ago – he was my translator and we married just nine months after we met. He became the founding editor-in-chief of Myanmar Business Today back in 2012 and has worked there ever since. We live very happily in Yangon with our adopted street dog Ripley, a cat called Butters (we brought her with us from Bangladesh) and three super cute tortoises. Sherpa and I are really happy in Myanmar and have no plans whatsoever to move.
Frivolous facts about Jessica Mudditt
- My surname is very rare and means “cursed one.” A derivative of “Mudditt” still exists in the French language (but I don’t speak French and can’t remember what it is – phonetically, it sounds like “Mud-wee.”)
- My accent is a weird mongrel mix of Aussie, British and whatever else it is that creeps in when you’ve spent many years away from home. Although Australians think I’m British and the Brits think I’m Australian, others often say they can’t pick it at all.
- I’m not a natural red head. I dye it red because mousy brown is boring…
- I have Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
- I am mad about animals and would love to have a farm some day. But I also love cities – big ones!
- I eat at least two eggs a day – my record is 10 (gross, I know).
- I grew up in Melbourne’s safest suburb of Park Orchards and was mad on horses.
- I love travelling and have been to more than 30 countries, including Pakistan, Iran and Israel. I’ve never been to South America and in the US, only Hawaii.
- I can only remember two jokes. One is so vulgar that I won’t repeat it. The other is this. “Did you know the Dalai Lama has a gambling problem?” …. “He loves Tibet.”