Staff Writer – Political Reporter

Full time

Provide informed, insightful coverage of state government as it impacts citizens throughout the state; deliver a steady stream of clear, concise, conversational stories that inform, entertain and result in a more informed electorate.Qualified applicants please apply here.


  1. Provide comprehensive coverage of both legislative and electoral politics, balancing coverage from within the capitol with the reality in the streets, on the ground.
  2. Develop a network of contacts at the capitol and in the community that can help identify stories that are not being covered by other media outlets.
  3. Produce coverage of both Seattle city and national politics when needed.
  4. Deliver 2-5 reported stories each week that meet journalistic and organizational standards for fairness, thoroughness and quality.
  5. Collaborate with video producers to weave more multimedia into Crosscut’s articles, and to assist them in turning our stories into TV programming.
  6. Serve as a Crosscut representative in planning and attending community events and working with partner organizations
  7. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or related field or equivalent experience required.
  2. Demonstrated ability to digest complex information and communicate in it in a way that is engaging and understandable to a broad audience.
  3. Excellent writing and reporting skills.
  4. Ability to collect, quickly digest and analyze government documents and emails to write about official actions in an insightful and fair manner.
  5. Interest in public policy a must; familiarity with Seattle or other city government a plus.>Highest integrity and commitment to journalistic standards.
  6. Diligence in pursuing information, interviews and public records requests.
  7. Pathological attention to detail.
  8. Familiarity with collecting, analyzing and presenting data.
  9. Ability to manage complex, longer-term writing projects while maintaining beat coverage.
  10. Photo and multimedia skills highly desirable.


  1. Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time.
  2. Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time.
  3. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.

Cascade Public Media is committed to building a team that represents a diversity of thought, experience and personal background.