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Investigative Unit Editor

Job Summary

We are seeking an accomplished journalist to serve as deputy editor of the long-term reporting team in The Post’s Investigative Unit.

This is an opportunity to help lead a team whose mission is to shine a light on matters of the greatest public interest and import. The team was originally created in the early 1980s with Bob Woodward as its first editor. The job will entail guiding reporters as they hold the U.S. government and other powerful institutions to account by unearthing revelatory information that has been kept secret through obfuscation or omission. The goal is to present this information in the most visually stunning and innovative ways. The new editor will help run a long-term reporting team of 10 people that in recent years has produced award-winning investigations of fatal police shootings, U.S. officials who misled the public about the Afghanistan war and drug companies that flooded the country with more than 100 billion opioid pills.

The job, which is a part of a major expansion of The Post’s editing ranks, is demanding but rewarding and will require an editor with strong line-editing and conceptual skills, as well as a track record of accountability and ambitious enterprise journalism. The ideal candidate will have managed a team of reporters and worked in a highly collaborative manner across desks and digital platforms, with experience in audio, video and data journalism.

We are looking for someone who understands the challenges of investigative reporting and knows how to rise above them. The new editor will report to Deputy Investigations Editor David Fallis and work with him in running the long-term team. The long-term editors work in close collaboration with the Rapid Response team and under the overall leadership of Investigations Editor Jeff Leen. All the investigative editors work closely with editors throughout the newsroom, lending expertise to help strengthen The Post’s investigative mission. While investigative experience is a significant advantage for any applicant, we will consider candidates with nontraditional backgrounds who have a record of shepherding outstanding journalism.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom. Once we resume normal operations, the position will not be eligible for remote work.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

If you are interested in the position, upload a cover letter outlining your vision for the job, a résumé and three stories (as PDFs) you’ve edited or written to our jobs portal by Oct. 15. The cover letter should be addressed to Deputy Investigations Editor David Fallis, Investigations Editor Jeff Leen and Managing Editors Cameron Barr, Krissah Thompson and Tracy Grant.


Organization: The Washington Post
Location: Washington US
Date Posted: October 5, 2021
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