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The Position:

The Intercept is looking for an energetic investigative reporter to expand our public health, science, & environmental coverage. The reporter will cover Covid-19, emerging disease surveillance, biosecurity & biosafety, pandemic preparedness, as well as other public health threats such as chemical pollution. Candidates should have excellent sourcing among scientists, government agencies, public health advocates, and/or the pharmaceutical & chemical industries. This position emphasizes enterprise reporting but candidates should also be willing & able to produce incisive, quick-turn breaking news stories & thoughtful reported interventions into the public conversation. A track record of success with FOIA & other public records requests is highly desirable.


  • At least five years experience as a reporter/writer 
  • Proven track record of breaking significant stories
  • Ability to file clean, accurate copy on complex stories
  • Extensive knowledge, sources, & subject matter expertise as well as an independent perspective
  • Sharp instincts about what makes a good story for The Intercept
  • Ability to respond to shifting priorities & demands, based on organizational needs & the news cycle
  • Must be a generous & fully engaged member of our environment & public health teams & equally adept at working independently
  • Ability to multitask, generating powerful, original stories while executing assigned pieces with speed & grace
  • Commitment to the Intercepts unique mission

With your application, please include or link to up to 5 clips that illustrate your writing & reporting abilities.

This position is recognized as part of the Writers Guild of America, East Union.

About The Intercept:

The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations & unflinching analysis focus on politics, war, surveillance, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media, & more. The Intercept gives its journalists the editorial freedom & legal support they need to expose corruption & injustice wherever they find it.

About First Look Media

First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder & philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media was created with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to both a vibrant culture & a thriving democracy. 

First Look Media is currently in the market with its flagship properties, The Intercept, Field of Vision, & the recently launched Topic SVOD service, & plans to continue expanding its mission of supporting independent voices via a variety of new brands, formats & platforms as well as through foundational technology helping creators & audiences develop, distribute, discover & connect with meaningful stories. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer people of color, people with disabilities, women, & LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, & to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. 

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