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Austin Bureau Chief

The Dallas Morning News seeks an energetic, dynamic reporter/team leader to head its state government and politics coverage as Austin Bureau chief.

The ideal candidate will be an enterprising reporter who is equally adept at spot news, short-term enterprise and quick investigations. What's required: background as a skilled writer, communicator and strong generator of story reader-grabbing ideas. The bureau chief needs the proven ability to develop and maintain diverse sources in a highly competitive and fast-paced setting. And the bureau chief needs the vision and leadership skills to see that reporters meet their maximum potential in a dynamic environment.

Capital coverage is a franchise for The News, and our bureau is in the center of legislative coverage, statewide politics, Texans as presidential candidates, state agency developments, influential policy changes and all manner of Lone Star personalities.

We’re looking for a person with ideas on how to shape the bureau for the news landscape to come and transform our watchdog journalism into the digital age. Data-analysis and digital journalism skills are a must, along with a proven track record of producing cause-and-effect journalism.

The successful candidate must be able to collaborate well with several editors and news departments and partner with Dallas-based reporters and editors. We strongly prefer five years of government and political reporting experience, and two years in state capital or congressional reporting.

Please send a resume and cover letter by June 30 to Ryan Rusak, state government and political editor,