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Investigative Environmental Journalist
Posted on: 
July 29, 2013


OPB seeks an Investigative Environmental Journalist to join our team delivering big-impact environmental coverage for public media stations as a part of the Pacific Northwest’s EarthFix partnership. This hourly, non-exempt position is a full-time, regular status position with benefits.
Position Details


Develop sources and enterprising investigative story ideas.  Collaborate with fellow journalists, help report on multiple platforms (radio, the web and TV), and play a lead role in obtaining public records and piecing together complex investigative and explanatory reports. Use software and online publishing tools to present data with visual impact and maximum interactive audience engagement. The primary outlet for all work will be EarthFix, but this journalist will produce content to meet OPB’s needs under the direction of the EarthFix Editor.


The journalist will divide time between an office/studio and fieldwork as needed for newsgathering, which may include travel to remote locations, working evening or weekends, and possibly working in inclement weather.  Lifting and carrying equipment up to 40 lbs is sometimes required. Frequent in-state travel and some out-of-state travel is required.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism or related discipline.
  • Four years experience producing news content in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA), investigative reporting techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to find and tell stories and to visualize data through mapping, graphics, and interactive tools.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to assist other journalists.
  • Willingness to set aside longer-term project reporting to produce breaking-news coverage.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines and take direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to uphold high ethical standards for journalism.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.


  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in journalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce broadcast-quality video or audio content.
  • Ability to construct stories across several distribution platforms
  • Familiarity with environmental issues in the Northwest.


Please send an email or letter of interest requesting the instructions on how to apply for this position (Investigative Environmental Journalist) and where you first learned of this job opening to hr@opb.org or OPB Human Resources, 7140 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97219.

Instructions on how to apply will be sent within 24 hours of receiving the letter of interest Monday through Friday. If a letter of interest is sent over the weekend or a holiday, application instructions will be sent by the end of the next business day.
Application Deadline

This position is open until filled.