State Capital and Political Reporter

Washington State Wire, Olympia, Washington

Date Posted November 19, 2019
Industry Digital Media, Government
Specialty Politics
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified



State Capital & Political Reporter


Since 2010, The Washington State Wire has been one of the primary digital outlets for news and information regarding policy and politics in Washington State.  In 2017, the site re-launched with a new web design, weekly and daily email newsletters, and the launch of the annual Re-Wire Policy Conference.

We are seeking a reporter to be based in Olympia, Washington, to cover state-level politics, policy and personalities. The position will also file stories on state health policy at our sister site, State of Reform.


Job description:  The capital reporter will cover Washington State policy, state agencies, and legislative activity. This will include reporting on the personalities and people that make Olympia work: elected officials, lobbyists, and state agency leadership.  The reporter will also write occasional stories for our sister site,, focused on state health policy as part of our West Coast Edition.

This position will be based in Olympia with occasional travel throughout the state.  Duties for this position include:


Qualifications:  This position will require a set of diverse skills and the ability to manage multiple types of projects. Please address how you meet these qualifications in your cover letter.


To Apply:  This is a full time position.  We offer a competitive compensation package, including health care, retirement, home office stipend and paid time off benefits. 

Most importantly, this is a work place where the right candidate will enjoy the challenges offered and a culture in which one can flourish as a person.  We are building a new kind of journalism and a new kind of civic reporting.  And, we want your help to do it.

If you’d like to apply for a position, please send us your resume, and a cover letter to  In your cover letter, tell us how you’d add to the team, and why you are a fit with us.  Provide writing samples of between 200 and 600 words.  Be prepared to offer references during the interview process.


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