Congress Reporter

Washington, DC
Jul 18, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is looking for an experienced and dynamic reporter to cover Congress, with a mandate to break news, unearth compelling enterprise pieces and anchor major stories on Capitol Hill.

The ideal candidate must have a track record of covering a competitive beat with authority, developing sources, and writing with clarity and precision. We are seeking someone with a quick metabolism and broad expertise about the legislative process and politics generally. This assignment calls for a curious reporter with a keen instinct to land scoops and drive at sharp accountability targets, as well as a graceful writer who can weave historical sweep into coverage of congressional votes and other big moments.

A team mindset is essential in this role. We expect this reporter to work cooperatively with colleagues covering Congress, the White House and other political beats, as well as with our newsletter writers. We are looking for a journalist who embraces innovative storytelling using photo, video, graphics, data and design to find fresh ways to explain the people and work of Congress to a broad audience with maximum impact. Flexibility is essential; this reporter must quickly adapt to breaking news and work nights and/or weekends when the congressional schedule demands it.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

If you are interested in the position, upload a cover letter outlining your vision for the job, a résumé and five pieces you've written (as one PDF) to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 07/29/2022 will be prioritized. Your cover letter should be addressed to National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker, Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, Congress Editor Annah Aschbrenner and Managing Editors Steven Ginsberg and Krissah Thompson.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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