Company Info

Portland, OR, United States

Politics & Government Reporter


Job Description:

Politics & Government Reporter /Producer
Application instructions for this and all current OPB employment opportunities are available at OPB's careers page.
About OPB
OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts, history, and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at, on OPB Radio and OPB TV. Follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTube and Facebook
The Opportunity
OPB is hiring a Politics and Government Reporter to join a team of skilled journalists on our team covering local and state government in the Pacific Northwest. This three-year role limited duration role offers the chance to covers a variety of topics, including the Oregon Legislature, campaigns for U.S. Congress and the change in Portland’s form of government.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys a fast-paced environment, complex stories and a competitive news ecosystem.
Ideally this position will work out of the Portland metro area or in Salem, Oregon. In this role, you will be in a public-facing position producing compelling stories for radio and the web. You’ll also appear on OPB newsmagazines, such as Morning Edition, and the “OPB Politics Now” podcast as a member of one of the best political teams in the region. If this sounds like an environment you thrive in and the type of stories you want to tell, then we urge you to apply!
Position Details
This Reporter/Producer produces high quality enterprise and breaking news stories for OPB that appear on multiple platforms and consistently meet daily deadlines, as well as ethical, technical, legal and aesthetic standards. This involves daily research, writing, online filing, photography, voicing and production. The bulk of this reporter/producer’s newsgathering efforts will focus coverage of local, state and federal government and politics in Oregon and Southwest Washington. This reporter will be part of the OPB news department’s politics and government team.
  • 80% - The reporter/producer reports, writes and produces breaking and enterprise news stories on multiple platforms, including audio and digital with a focus on politics and government in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  
  • 15% - Participate in local news programming by appearing as a guest on shows like Think Out Loud and All Things Considered and podcasts such as OPB Politics Now.
  • 5% - Other duties as assigned, including:
    • Representing OPB in external functions, including fundraising activities and community engagement events in the Portland metro area and Southwest Washington.
    • Produce online and broadcast reports for national public media outlets as needed,.
Working Conditions
The reporter will divide time between an office/studio and field work as needed for newsgathering, which may include travel to remote locations, working evenings and possibly working in inclement weather. This position typically works Monday-Friday, though some weekend work is possible. Lifting and carrying equipment up to 20 pounds is sometimes required. Travel within Oregon and Southwest Washington is common. Members of the OPB news team are expected to work in the office several days a week
Additional Information
  • This position reports to the Politics News Editor and is benefits eligible.
  • The probable hiring range for this nonexempt position is between $28.85 and $35.24 per hour, depending on qualifications, which is the equivalent of $60,000 to $73,300 annually.
  • This position requires a valid driver's license and will requires consent to OPB conducting a driving record check. Employees will not be allowed to use a company or personal vehicle for work purposes without completion and satisfactory results of this check.
  • Did you see that we are hiring a position similar to this role? Please visit OPB's careers page to check out the Bend Reporter/Producer as well as the Indigenous Rural Communities Reporter/Producer opportunity.
How to Apply
For application instructions, please visit OPB's careers page. You will be asked to create an account, upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few position related questions. Once you click “submit” you cannot make changes to your application.
Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on January 5, 2024.
OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • 3 years of journalism experience
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under tight deadlines on multiple platforms. 
  • Strong writing and interviewing skills.
  • Experience covering a reporting beat and developing and maintaining sources.
  • Familiarity with photography, audio, video and social media in the presentation of news stories.
  • Commitment to high ethical standards in reporting.
  • Ability to file live reports and participate in breaking news.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of OPB.
  • Enthusiasm for the changing news production environment and the tools and software used to facilitate our work.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
  • Experience using digital audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Experience reporting on political campaigns and government agencies.
  • Bilingual in English and another language.
  • An eye for diverse voices and sources in stories.
  • Photography or video production skills.