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Investigative Reporter

Job Summary

U.S. Right to Know is seeking an investigative reporter to join an investigation of the origins of Covid-19, gain-of-function research, virus hunting and the collection, storage and manipulation of pathogens of pandemic potential.

The reporter will be responsible for obtaining documents and data, including through open records requests, that advance our investigation. They will share this information by writing articles and blog posts.

U.S. Right to Know is a nonprofit, public interest investigative research group. We promote transparency for public health. We work globally to expose corporate wrongdoing and government failures that threaten our health, our environment and our food system.

Since 2015, we have gathered, reported on and posted online, thousands of industry and government documents, including many acquired through judicial enforcement of open records laws. Once-secret documents obtained by USRTK are now posted in the UCSF food and chemical industry documents libraries for free public access.

Findings of the USRTK investigations have been reported by news outlets around the world, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Science, BMJ, Guardian, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Fox News, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Time magazine, Boston Globe, CBC, Politico, STAT, Sky News Australia and many others.

The investigative reporter may be based anywhere in the United States. This is a full-time position.


  • Experience in preparing public records requests is preferred
  • Exceptional writing and research skills
  • Background in biological sciences or public health is preferred
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Computer literate, and comfortable with acquiring new skills
  • Flexible and able to manage multiple projects
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently

U.S. Right to Know is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about our work, please see


Organization: U.S. Right to Know
Location: Oakland CA US
Date Posted: September 21, 2022
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How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right to Know, at In the email subject line, please write: “INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER”.

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