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.