Jude has been a presenter on television screens in New Zealand since April 3rd 1989, starting with Sale of the Century, as co-host. When Sale moved to TV3 four years later, Jude stayed with TVNZ and started presenting various lifestyle programmes. By the beginning of 1997 Jude had her own magazine show 5.30 with Jude airing every week night. After three years it moved to 5pm, where it remained for another 2 years, and was re-named 5 o'clock with Jude Dobson.
When this series finished at the end of 2001, Jude pitched an idea to TVNZ for a magazine style series with content pertinent to parents, called Homegrown, which she wanted to make herself. With the acceptance of that series, television production company Homegrown Television was born. Although Jude produced and presented the Homegrown series, she now primarily produces and narrates later productions.
Jude has also written for magazines and newspapers about her breast cancer scare and is a committed advocate of The Foundation's early detection messaging. Jude is a mother of three who generously lends her profile and her time to raising public awareness of breast cancer and the importance of regular mammograms.