Politics Reporter, Sacramento


San Francisco, California

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Date Posted January 08, 2022
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Job Description

Politics Reporter, Sacramento

The San Francisco Chronicle has an opening for a driven and intellectually curious journalist to cover California politics from Sacramento. The reporter will take on an essential position within the politics team, producing stories that illuminate how some of the biggest policy debates in the state — particularly those involving housing, criminal justice, education and the growing divide between political and cultural movements — are playing out in the Bay Area and beyond.

Reporters at The Chronicle seek to provide must-read, best-in-class coverage through scoops, quick-hit enterprise stories, investigations and utility-focused pieces that demystify politics and government systems, hold leaders accountable and drive home the ways in which policies impact people’s lives. We’re seeking a self-starter with high standards who has excellent writing skills, is comfortable providing and taking feedback, is committed to inclusive journalism and wants to own the stories that matter most.

If you don’t perfectly fit the position we’ve described, and/or have valuable skills you’d bring to the role that aren’t articulated here, please don’t hesitate to apply.

What you will do:

  • Report and write news and analysis for SFChronicle.com that may also publish in The Chronicle's print editions.
  • Compete with local and national outlets to provide readers the timeliest and most authoritative information.
  • Examine how systems and leaders deliver on their promises.
  • Produce high-impact digital projects by collaborating with other newsroom teams.
  • Appear occasionally on The Chronicle’s daily news podcast, Fifth & Mission.

What it will take to be successful:

  • At least three years of experience in a newsroom or related work environment.
  • Strong news judgment, creativity, meticulousness and commitment to fairness.
  • Persistence in filing and tracking public records requests.
  • Ability to collaborate and work in a fast-changing news environment.


  • This position is full-time and will likely include occasional weekend work.
  • The successful candidate must be based in Sacramento or willing to move to the region.

As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Newspapers requires that all employees who receive a written offer of employment, be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Hearst Newspapers will consider requests for reasonable accommodations due to medical, including pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, and/or religious reasons on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

About The San Francisco Chronicle & SFChronicle.com:

The San Francisco Chronicle, one of the largest news organizations in the West, has been named California’s best large newsroom in four of the past six years. SFChronicle.com is home to the Bay Area’s best journalism and has been recognized as the best large newspaper website in California.

Join our team of world-class journalists.