Pentagon Reporter

Washington, DC
Dec 19, 2022
Feb 10, 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 reporter to deliver agenda-setting news and insight into the highest levels of decision-making authority at the Pentagon.

We seek someone who has a track record of reporting consequential scoops and enterprise on defense from within the halls of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in the combatant commands, and across the agencies and institutions that intersect with the Department of Defense. A deep understanding of the conflicts - past, present and future - that the military is waging or for which it is planning is a plus, as is experience covering U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq or Ukraine.

A top candidate will bring to bear a robust source network within the Pentagon and skill navigating the bureaucracy of the E Ring - along with a willingness to travel, an ability to distill sophisticated and arcane military-speak for an educated general audience, and a lively writing style. The reporter will be expected to move quickly - and be first - to break news, while juggling sharply framed analysis and feature-length enterprise.

The national security team places the utmost importance on someone who not only brings mastery of their beat but also gracefully and seamlessly works with other journalists across the newsroom, displaying a competitive sensibility and creative eye to storytelling that will draw new audiences and yet win the respect of the trades.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, résumé and three to five examples of their work (as PDFs) to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 12/30/2022 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Phil Rucker, National Security Editor Ben Pauker and Managing Editor 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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