National Political Reporter

Washington, DC
Nov 01, 2022
Jan 14, 2023
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 national political reporter to deliver agenda-setting reporting about the most consequential campaigns in the country.

We are looking for someone who has deftly reported on state and national campaigns and has a track record of delivering scoops and writing high-altitude stories on deadline. This reporter must have the ability to cultivate sources and surface revelations about candidates and the forces shaping national politics, with a keen instinct for accountability targets.

The ideal candidate is a nimble self-starter who can produce revelatory journalism that draws from observations and interviews on the trail. A willingness to travel is required. This reporter will be expected to produce a combination of spot news stories, sharply framed daily pieces and enterprise articles on tight turnarounds from the road.

This reporter should be a team player who can work seamlessly with reporters, editors and other journalists across the newsroom, including our visual departments, and embrace unconventional forms of storytelling that will draw new audiences.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, résumé and at least three examples of your work (as PDFs) to our jobs portal. All application materials should be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 10/7/2022 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Phil Rucker, Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, Campaign Editor Sean Sullivan and Managing Editors Steven Ginsberg and Krissah Thompson.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

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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