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U.S. Right to Know is seeking a journalist, writer or researcher for a project ( to uncover the origins of Covid-19, and the hazards of gain-of-function research and biolabs where pathogens of pandemic potential are stored and manipulated.

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

Since 2015, we have obtained, 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 journalist, writer or researcher, will prepare public records requests and correspondence with agencies, read original source documents, organize and update filing systems, and write articles and blog posts.

The journalist, writer or researcher can be based anywhere in the United States.


  • Journalism experience is preferred
  • Experience in preparing public records requests is preferred
  • Background in biological sciences is preferred
  • Exceptional writing and research skills
  • 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

This position is available immediately. Compensation is competitive and based on experience.

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: June 10, 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: “JOURNALIST/WRITER/RESEARCHER”.

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