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Job ID: 68393
Job Views: 352
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Postal Code: 15212
Job Category: Newspapers
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Posted: 01.05.2023

Job Description

Washington Bureau Chief, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Post-Gazette, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization and the largest
newspaper in Western Pennsylvania, is hiring a Washington Bureau Chief to
cover politics, policy and power in Washington, and how they affect both the
Pittsburgh region and Pennsylvania. We’re looking for an ambitious, innovative
and proven reporter to cover quick-turn daily news, deeply reported enterprise
and insightful analysis, with an emphasis on our region’s congressional
delegation and statewide campaigns. These are stories for Post-Gazette readers
who want to know how power and policies in Washington affect our region and
the state. The Washington Bureau Chief will report and write stories that hold our
government accountable and help Western Pennsylvanians make informed
decisions about their daily lives. The Bureau Chief will also play a leading role in
the newsroom’s coverage of the 2024 presidential and U.S. Senate elections.

The Washington Bureau Chief covers eight members of Congress — six House
members and two senators. The ideal candidate should be exceptionally self-
motivated and know how to develop a beat and cultivate sources in a competitive
environment, while also keeping a finger on the pulse of Pittsburgh politics. This
reporter will focus on key policy topics relevant to Pittsburgh — from energy
policy and infrastructure to technology and the environment — and interact with
established and emerging players in the region. The ideal candidate will feel
comfortable working both independently and collaboratively on a sprawling beat
that yields a wide variety of daily stories as well as in-depth enterprise and

This beat is highly visible and rewarding. The access is the same as with any top
national reporter, with a desk in the Senate Press Gallery, a National Press Club
membership, and the chance to work in the most powerful city in the world.

You'll join a newsroom that has produced Pulitzer-caliber work in recent years
(2019 winner for Breaking News, 2020 finalist for Local Reporting), with a strong
reputation for high-impact politics coverage in one of America’s most critical
battleground states.

Candidates should:
 Understand the workings of the federal government, national politics and policy making
 Demonstrate the ability to break stories, spot trends for longer-term coverage, and contextualize developments on the beat
 Possess the ability to see past the daily noise to spot the news and trends that truly matter to the Pittsburgh region and Pennsylvania
 Have a proven track record of covering policy, government and/or political campaigns
 Possess a positive attitude and an ability to collaborate and thrive in high-pressure news environments
 Be able to credibly represent the Post-Gazette at events and on external media channels


Job Requirements

Education and Experience
 Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism but not a must
 At least 3 to 7 years of reporting experience, preferably covering politics and/or government 
 Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills
 Ability to deliver news on social media platforms
 Strong analytical and strategic planning skills and attention to detail
 Proven experience reporting and writing effectively on deadline
 Exceptional work ethic, time management, and organizational skills

Other Things to Know
 Competitive salary and benefits package
 We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it
 As an equal opportunity employer, the Post-Gazette is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs

The Employer is involved in a labor dispute at its place of business. 

Offered employment is in place of employees involved in labor dispute.

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