University of Oregon

Health Reporter

Washington, DC

ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a reporter to cover health policy issues, with a specific focus on news pertaining to reproductive health, rights, and justice. This reporter will work with a Senior Editor and an Associate Editor, along with a small team of other writers covering politics and policy issues. Responsibilities will include tracking the spread of state-level legislation regulating reproductive rights; identifying trends in anti-abortion strategy; following state and national news about health care access; reporting from the office and on the ground; and covering other policy-related issues as newsroom needs arise.

The ideal candidate will have a sharp political news sense, previous experience reporting on reproductive health care, and a knack for relaying complicated policy concepts to a general audience.


  • Closely monitor health policy news on the state and national level.
  • Pitch original angles on both the leading news in health policy and stories that are not receiving as much attention or coverage.
  • Balance a mix of daily news items and more in-depth coverage.
  • Cultivate a diverse range of sources in the reproductive health space.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • At least two years of experience working in media, preferably covering health news.
  • Familiarity with the reproductive rights landscape.
  • A commitment to ThinkProgress’ mission of delivering progressive accountability journalism.

Candidates who would excel in this position:

  • Are self-motivated but work well with others.
  • Can ably juggle more than one piece of reporting at a time.
  • Can drill down into a beat while remaining flexible enough to cover a range of political topics.
  • Are eager to learn new skills and engage in new areas of expertise.

This position is not for candidates who:

  • Struggle to generate their own story ideas.
  • Need coaching on reporting techniques or basic writing skills.
  • Have difficulty varying their pace of coverage.
  • Dislike following national political news.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by WGA East. It is based in Washington, D.C.

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Application Instructions: 
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Tara Culp-Ressler at Please reference the exact title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
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