Political Correspondent, Washington, D.C.


Washington, District of Columbia

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Date Posted June 22, 2022
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Job Description

Political Correspondent, Washington, D.C.

The San Francisco Chronicle has an opening for a driven and intellectually curious journalist to cover federal politics and policies from Washington, D.C. The reporter will take on an essential position within the politics team, producing accountability-driven stories about the Bay Area’s powerful congressional delegation and coverage of other notable Bay Area and California figures, including Vice President Kamala Harris. They will contribute accessible explanatory reporting about how federal policies impact the Bay Area, and that pull back the curtain on the role Californians are playing in advancing — or thwarting — solutions in Washington. And they will pursue angles on national issues including abortion, climate change, criminal justice and civil rights that resonate for the Bay Area readers.

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 with 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.
  • An understanding of the unique dynamics of and challenges facing San Francisco and the Bay Area


  • This position is full-time and will likely include occasional weekend work.
  • The successful candidate must be based in Washington 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 on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements

About The San Francisco Chronicle & SFChronicle.com:

The San Francisco Chronicle is one of the largest news organizations in the West. SFChronicle.com is home to the Bay Area’s best journalism and has been recognized as the best large newspaper website in California. Our award-winning journalists provide insight into the people and events shaping the Bay Area, investigate wrongdoing and waste, and deliver the quickest and most reliable coverage of breaking news in Northern California. Join our team!