State Politics Reporter

News & Observer

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Date Posted November 22, 2021
Industry Newspapers / Wires
Specialty Politics
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


We are looking for an aggressive, news-breaking journalist to be a State Politics Reporter for The News & Observer (Raleigh) and The Herald-Sun (Durham). This reporter will be based in Raleigh and will cover the North Carolina legislature, state government and political campaigns, delivering original reporting that is not only competitive but dominant on the stories that matter to our local readers. 

The focus for this reporter will be the social and cultural issues that crop up frequently in North Carolina politics and sometimes land the state in the national spotlight. Those include policies and controversies related to abortion, LGBTQ issues, guns and immigration. You will cover these debates over civil liberties and religious liberty as they play out against the backdrop of North Carolina cities’ rapid growth and the tensions that causes between the state’s large rural population and a flood of newcomers. 

This is not a traditional beat reporting job focused on coverage of meetings and routine events. You will focus on urgent enterprise and revelatory reporting. During certain times, such as the legislative session, all of the state politics team will contribute to coverage that distinguishes The N&O and NC Insider. 

The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region is among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Known as the Triangle, the area is home to major universities, state government, numerous corporate headquarters and fast-growing startups. Our journalists work in communities with vibrant choices for foodies, arts and music lovers and outdoors enthusiasts. 

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