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Northwest Reporters

Job Summary

We’re looking for three ambitious reporters to take on compelling stories grounded in the Pacific Northwest but with national resonance, designed to surprise, reveal, inform and bring about change.

The Northwest is a diverse and important region — a major technology hub (home to Amazon and Microsoft), an important gateway to international trade, a harbinger for the effects of climate change and a home of abundant natural resources. You’ll be a part of our team of reporters covering the Pacific Northwest with a focus on Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.

Our work in the region by staff and Local Reporting Network partners has revealed how indigenous people in Alaska are denied public safety services, detailed the harrowing account of the hunt for a serial rapist and botched police investigations, drawn attention to allegations of abuse and minimal instruction at special education schools in Washington, and highlighted the disproportionate risk of toxic exposure to Native tribes from fish in Oregon. And we’re excited to dig deeper into this important region.

We’re looking for a reporter who:

  • Has at least five years of professional journalism experience, either at a news agency or as a freelancer.
  • Has produced original, revelatory, in-depth or investigative stories. If that experience is in the Pacific Northwest, all the better, but we are open to applicants with strong bodies of work from other places. You don’t have to be an “investigative reporter,” but your work should show a dedication to digging for the truth.
  • Aches to report stories that are both important and powerfully told, and has a vision for how they’d cover the Pacific Northwest. Your approach should get to the heart of the unique lived experiences of people in this region.
  • Has experience with or ideas about all the possible ways we can do journalism now: from deep data digging to working with readers to marrying narrative and investigative forms.
  • Wants to bring an accountability lens to the issues of the day through quick investigations reported over a couple of weeks and longer projects that you dig into for a few months (or more).
  • Really likes working with others. We are a highly collaborative newsroom, both across our team and with other news organizations regionally and nationally. We believe we do our best work together.

This job is full time and includes benefits. The candidates must be based in, or willing to relocate to, one of the states in our Pacific Northwest coverage area. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

The expected salary range for this position is $85,000 to $170,000.

This is a good faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position. The final salary figure will take into account a person’s experience, accomplishment and location. ProPublica is committed to paying its staff equitably, and these ranges should not be considered career salary limits or caps.

We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. We are an equal opportunity employer and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or any other status protected under applicable law.

We will begin reviewing applications on March 20, but we will continue to consider candidates as long as the posting remains live on our site.

Questions? Send an email to

No phone calls, please.


Organization: ProPublica
Location: 11222 NY US
Date Posted: February 28, 2023
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