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Chief Texas Political Reporter

Job ID: 4787
Job Views: 264
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Postal Code: 78704
Job Category: Newspapers
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 04.21.2021

Job Description

The Austin American-Statesman is hiring a Chief Texas Political Reporter to cover Texas government and politics with an emphasis on accountability reporting. 

The reporter will be responsible for covering the governor and helping to lead a team of reporters covering the Legislature, state agencies, elected officials and appellate courts, with an eye toward watchdog, accountability journalism. The ideal candidate is a journalist with a heart for public service and an interest in the intersection of power and money in politics. We seek a passionate, accurate storyteller who is great at sourcing, a reporter with an eye for detail who dislikes jargon and exposes sham.

The reporter will be part of a team that will serve Austin and all of Gannett's statewide newsrooms, a network of daily and community sites, with comprehensive political reporting of impact.

This person will collaborate with the State Politics/Education Editor in shaping coverage of Texas government and politics. 

Located in the seat of Texas political power, the Austin American-Statesman is a 150-year-old public trust, an award-winning newsroom, led by good journalists speaking truth to power. 

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate would have at least five years of reporting experience, including in political reporting. They would have a proven track record of explanatory and investigative reporting and be skilled at networking, building trust and getting to yes when government says, "no." Fluency in Spanish is ideal.

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