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Data Reporter – National Security

The Data Reporter will use computer programs, including spreadsheets, database managers, mapping tools, and statistical software, to analyze data related to lobbying, campaign donations, the federal budget, military contracts and other sources for the Center’s “Gift Economy” project and other major national security team projects.

This is a great opportunity for the right person who enjoys a congenial workplace, an extraordinarily compelling mission, and a setting filled with dynamic ideas and game-changing journalism.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

1. Seek out databases, sources, and documents to help develop and report investigative articles related to national security spending and contracting.

2. Conduct statistical analyses for the national security investigative team members.

3. Develop new story ideas and discuss with the national security managing editor.

4. Write articles that break news based on data analysis and traditional reporting, drawing from databases, interviews, hearings, and other national security-related events

5. Use data sources to fact check reports and analyses by Center reporters.

6. Coordinate with multimedia team to create excellent data presentations and promote them via multi-media and social media.

7. Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices of the Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook. 

8. Other duties as assigned.


Education:  University degree or equivalent experience in a news environment.


  • Strong knowledge of SQL.

  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis

  • Working knowledge of statistical mapping, particularly in ARC GIS.

  • Interest in learning additional computer programs and analytical skills

  • Some investigative research, writing, and reporting skills.

  • Advanced problem solving skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to work well with a diverse range of individuals – team player.

  • Ability and desire to take the initiative, receive constructive feedback, and work with minimal supervision.


  • Experience working with computer-assisted reporting at a news organization.

  • Demonstrated familiarity with and strong interest in national security budgeting and spending practices and patterns.

  • Demonstrated ability to use data analysis to discover investigative tips and ideas.

  • Commitment to the values and mission of the Center for Public Integrity. 

 To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please put the job title in the subject line.

 About The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations.  Our mission: To enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.