Harrisburg Bureau Chief – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harrisburg Bureau Chief – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The Post-Gazette, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization and the largest newspaper in Western Pennsylvania, is hiring a Harrisburg Bureau Chief to cover politics, policy and power in the state capitol, and how they affect both the Pittsburgh region and Pennsylvania. We’re looking for an ambitious, innovative and proven reporter to cover quick-turn daily news, deeply reported enterprise and insightful analysis, with an emphasis on our region’s legislative delegation and its influence amidst a new governor and a divided General Assembly. These are stories for Post-Gazette readers who want to know how power and policies in Harrisburg affect our region and the state. The Harrisburg Bureau Chief will report and write stories that hold our government accountable and help Western Pennsylvanians make informed decisions about their daily lives. The Bureau Chief will also play a key role in the newsroom’s coverage of the 2024 presidential and U.S. Senate elections.

This reporter will cover our Southwestern Pennsylvania state House and Senate delegations, as well as the governor and state government and politics generally. The ideal candidate should be exceptionally self-motivated and know how to develop a beat and cultivate sources in a competitive environment, while also keeping a finger on the pulse of Pittsburgh politics. This reporter will focus on key policy topics relevant to Pittsburgh — from energy policy and infrastructure to technology and the environment — and interact with established and emerging players in the region. The ideal candidate will feel comfortable working both independently and collaboratively on a sprawling beat that yields a wide variety of daily stories as well as in-depth enterprise and analysis on one of the largest full-time legislatures in the country.

You’ll join a newsroom that has produced Pulitzer-caliber work in recent years (2019 winner for Breaking News, 2020 finalist for Local Reporting), with a strong reputation for high-impact politics coverage in one of America’s most critical battleground states.


Candidates should:

  • Understand the inner-workings of state government, politics and policy making
  • Demonstrate the ability to break stories, spot trends for longer-term coverage, and contextualize developments on the beat
  • Possess the ability to see past the daily noise to spot the news and trends that truly matter to the Pittsburgh region and Pennsylvania
  • Have a proven track record of covering policy, government and/or political campaigns
  • Possess a positive attitude and an ability to collaborate and thrive in high-pressure news environments
  • Be able to credibly represent the Post-Gazette at events and on external media channels


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism but not a must
  • At least 2 to 5 years of reporting experience, preferably covering politics and/or government
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deliver news on social media platforms
  • Strong analytical and strategic planning skills and attention to detail
  • Proven experience reporting and writing effectively on deadline
  • Exceptional work ethic, time management, and organizational skills


Other Things to Know

  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it
  • As an equal opportunity employer, the Post-Gazette is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs


Contact Dan Hirschhorn (dhirschhorn@post-gazette.com) to apply.

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