Date Posted November 01, 2023
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Politics
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time



The Chicago Tribune is looking for an agile Reporter to join its politics team at the largest news organization in the Midwest. This Reporter will be responsible for producing clear and contextualized stories about politics in metro Chicago and the state and occasionally national political stories focused through a Midwestern lens. The Tribune is seeking a writer mostly focused on digging for enterprise stories that will break news and tell compelling tales that resonate with readers.

What you will do: 

  • Produce pieces on a regular basis; not afraid to conceptualize, conceive and execute big-picture stories that could take weeks or even months to complete and do so while balancing daily tasks 

  • In 2024, this reporter will be the main beat reporter responsible for both breaking and enterprise pieces tied to the Democratic National Convention that will be held in Chicago in August

  • While this will involve some daily stories and short-term enterprise pieces, we're less interested in turn-of-the-screw convention coverage

  • Be the main reporting conduit with DNC officials to help with planning our convention coverage

  • Focus on competitive elections, especially those for Congress

  • Regular shifts will vary depending on news needs but candidates should expect some night and weekend work


What you will bring: 

  • Be able to cut through talking points, dispel mistruths to tell readers what public officials and those seeking office are up to

  • Work well on their own but, when the needs arise, can work collaboratively with reporters on both the City Hall and state government teams while also keeping an eye on Illinois' congressional delegation

  • A skill set in which you are able to quickly file and organize FOIAs is a plus, and while you don't have to be a data wiz, some data skills would help


Please include the following in your online application:

  • Submit a cover letter, resume and links to five clips that show your skills and range


Who we are:

Founded in 1847, the Chicago Tribune, is the top source of news and information in the Chicago area and the largest news organization in the Midwest. The Tribune, winner of 27 Pulitzer Prizes, is known for its innovative investigative reporting, insightful coverage of the arts and culture, and community-leading opinion writing. The Chicago Tribune is the flagship publication of Chicago Tribune Media Group (CTMG) which also publishes six daily suburban publications, including the Daily Southtown, Post-Tribune, Naperville Sun, Lake County News-Sun, The Beacon-News and The Courier-News, as well as more than 30 weekly community publications. The CTMG portfolio also includes Chicago magazine, and other digital brands, products and services.

Our mission: The Chicago Tribune Media Group is committed to hiring people with diverse backgrounds, voices and visions. Our mission is to provide meaningful journalism to the diverse communities we serve. We hold ourselves accountable for fostering inclusion and opportunity across race, gender, age, creed, identity and experience.