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The Washington Post

Rapid-Response Investigative Reporter

Washington, DC

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 seeking an accomplished journalist to join our rapid response investigations team in the pursuit of high-impact accountability stories on the most urgent topics of the day. This position offers the opportunity to be part of a team that holds to account elected officials, policymakers, influential private interests and other powerful institutions, a function that is central to The Post's mission.

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The ideal candidate will have a track record of producing investigative scoops on a range of topics, a collaborative spirit and a proven ability to report and write at a high level on a tight deadline. We are seeking someone who has a keen instinct about what targets merit scrutiny and how to unearth new facts that will reshape the public's understanding of major news events and people in power.

  • Identifying and producing quick-turn investigative stories that have impact and drive public debate.
  • Reporting across a range of topic areas with the highest level of rigor and a commitment to fairness and accuracy.
  • Working in collaboration with colleagues across the newsroom, including the visual forensics team.
Preferred qualifications:
  • A demonstrated ability to land consequential accountability stories.
  • A quick metabolism and competitive drive.
  • An abundance of ideas, energy and determination.
  • Nimble and creative, and able to think clearly about the value of particular reporting targets.
  • Familiarity with promising but often overlooked sources of information, particularly those that can be obtained quickly through digital means, is also a plus.
This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter outlining their qualifications and vision for the role, along with a r esum e and three clips, to our jobs portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by Apr. 5 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Rapid Response Editor Eric Rich, Investigations Editor Peter Wallsten and Managing Editor Matea Gold.

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.

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Client-provided location(s): Washington, DC, USA
Job ID: washington-JR-90274681
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • FSA
    • On-Site Gym
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Pension
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Shadowing Opportunities
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program

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