Politics has been a key topic in Jessica Mutch's career since she became a journalist in 2006. In her first screen job, the AUT Communications graduate covered politics and general news at Sky News. After joining TVNZ in 2008, Mutch reported on several Kiwi elections plus the US primary presidential election in 2012. The same year she presented political talk show Q+A, before relocating to London to become Europe correspondent for ONE News from 2013 to 2015. On her return to New Zealand, Mutch continued on Q+A and ONE News (now known as 1 News). She became TVNZ's political editor in March 2018.

I reckon the press gallery is the purest form of journalism in lots of ways. It’s the talking to people, it’s the relationships, it’s the history, it’s about having covered an issue for a long time... Jessica Mutch in The Spinoff, 21 February 2018