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Environment Reporter

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The Texas Tribune is seeking a full-time reporter to cover environmental issues in Texas.

Whether it’s covering the state’s hurricane preparedness or watchdogging state regulatory agencies, this reporter needs to aggressively tackle complex stories in a vast state where environmental issues can vary greatly from one region to the next.

There are stories to pursue that explore the myriad ways that climate change is impacting our environment, water resources, weather, communities, economy and state politics. There’s also a need for vigilant coverage on the safeguards that are or aren’t in place for the state’s coastal communities and businesses.

In a state with a long history of pollution problems, this reporter’s coverage should also help expose major polluters and the systems that allow for such pollution.

We’re looking for a beat reporter who can tackle both breaking news and take big swings at some of these overarching environmental issues. The ideal candidate must be a quick study with an ability to learn complex environmental laws and regulations and explain them in layman’s terms to our audience.

There will be opportunities to collaborate with the Tribune’s energy and economy reporter, as well as other journalists at the Tribune and at other organizations.

The environment reporter — who will juggle quick-turn news stories and enterprise pieces — will need to occasionally travel throughout Texas. The job requires a keen eye on environment-related issues during the biennial sessions of the Texas Legislature, in races for state and federal elected offices, and in major court cases in Texas and before the U.S. Supreme Court. This reporter will also be pulled into other assignments as news dictates. The environment reporter may also moderate panel discussions and represent the Tribune at Tribune events.

This position will ultimately be based in Texas.

About The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit newsroom based in Austin and dedicated to engaging and informing Texans on politics and policy news. We are read by 2 million people every month and have more journalists covering state government than any newsroom in the country. In addition, our events team hosts more than 50 free conversations between the public and elected officials across the state every year.

We’re a "grown-up startup,” meaning we all wear many hats, but we’re also big fans of getting enough sleep. We believe our office is a pretty great place to work, and we're proud of the job we've done helping to make Texas politics transparent and accessible to the world at large. The Texas Tribune is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.


  • medical, vision and dental insurance
  • cell phone stipend
  • 20 days of paid time off each year
  • up to eight weeks of paid family leave plus eight weeks of additional job protection
  • 401(k) matching
  • support for professional training and attending industry conferences

How to apply

Please submit your application here by July 14, 2020. Email Ayan Mittra at with any questions. We can't wait to hear from you!