Chief Texas Political Reporter

Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas

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Date Posted April 29, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Politics
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


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.

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.

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. 

**Application Instructions:

When applying, at, please include a single document, preferably in PDF format, with all your materials combined — resume, a brief cover letter, work samples, portfolio links, etc. The application only allows one document upload, so please provide your materials as a single attachment. Completing these steps will ensure that you receive the highest consideration. After submitting an application, also email your documents to State Politics/Education Editor, Bob Gee,

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