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Company: The Center for Public Integrity
Reporter, Federal Politics
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
Job Status:  Full-time
Salary:  Negotiable


Summary Description:

The federal politics reporter will be responsible for writing investigative stories on a variety of topics with a specific focus on the influence of money during the post-Citizens United v. FEC era. The ideal candidate will be well versed in politics, the rules of campaign finance, possess solid data skills and excellent sources. He or she will also have an ability to show how the influence of money in politics affects the average American. The reporter will work closely with the federal politics team leader to develop stories and projects as well as our digital, data and social media teams to develop content that can extend the Center for Public Integrity’s political coverage across platforms in a variety of formats.

This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys a congenial workplace, an extraordinarily compelling mission and a setting filled with dynamic ideas, engaging personalities and game-changing journalism. 

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Conceives, proposes, plans and executes ideas for in-depth investigative articles.
  • Covers other stories as assigned by the managing editor for politics and federal politics team leader.
  • Keeps up with the latest developments in the regulation of money in politics.
  • Develops news sources among those most affected by political decisions, as well as political campaigns, federal agencies, Congress and the election law field.
  • Collaborates with newspartners as assigned in developing projects and stories.
  • Uses social media to develop and expand network for Center’s political coverage.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • At least five years’ journalistic experience.
  • At least three years’ experience reporting on politics, including campaign finance. 
  • Demonstrated experience understanding, analyzing and interpreting campaign finance data. Proficient in using Microsoft Excel.
  • Demonstrated excellence in reporting and writing for the Web and/or for blogs.
  • Demonstrated expertise in various aspects of online journalism — including social media, basic data visualization and content management.
  • Willingness to appear at events, and on television and radio, to discuss political influence issues.
  • Strong writing skills, with a demonstrated ability to write narratively.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others and commitment to the values and mission of the Center.


·         Some local travel and evening/weekend work occasionally required.


·         Competitive salary, negotiable.

·         Health and dental coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance, three weeks paid vacation.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please put the job title in the subject line.


About The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism. The Center won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism and has also been honored for its work by Sigma Delta Chi, the White House Correspondents Association, the Overseas Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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