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Company: Santa Maria Times
City Government Reporter on California Coast
Santa Maria, California
Job Status:  Full-time
Salary:  Not Specified


Lee Central Coast Newspapers is looking for a motivated and talented reporter who is interested in covering city government in Santa Maria. We’re looking for someone who wants to be a watchdog but is also eager to write about events and people in our community. The responsibilities of this position include some cops coverage.



The right person must have news judgment, be a self-starter who knows how to develop a beat, and be inquisitive. Photography skills and fluency in Spanish are pluses.  The full-time position will be based at our flagship Santa Maria Times on the beautiful Central Coast of California. Qualified candidates apply online at Pre-employment drug screen and background check required.


Key Responsibilities

  • Reporting on city government
  • Covering breaking police and fire news
  • Developing sources and stories on your beat
  • Attending night meetings as needed
  • Work Monday through Friday, some night shifts and weekends as needed.


Required Skills

  • Must have 2-3 years reporting experience.
  • Photography experience a plus.
  • Self-motivated, innovative, and creative.
  • Must be able to manage multiple daily deadlines and multiple priorities while maintaining professionalism in the workplace.
  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism or related field.



Excellent medical, dental, 401k with matching, and paid vacation.


Who We Are

Lee Central Coast Newspapers includes Santa Maria Times, Lompoc Record, Santa Ynez Valley News, Five Cities Times-Press-Recorder, The Adobe Press and Space Country Times.  Lee Central Coast Newspapers is a division of Lee Enterprises , a leading provider of local news, information and advertising in primarily midsize markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a joint interest in four others, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 23 states.  Learn more about us on our website at

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