D.C. Bureau Chief

Washington, DC, USA
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Job Description

Company Description

The Daily Beast delivers award-winning original reporting and sharp opinions from big personalities in the arenas of politics, pop culture, technology, and more. Fiercely independent, irreverent, and intelligent, The Daily Beast now reaches more than a million readers per day.

The Washington Bureau Chief will lead The Daily Beast's aggressive, scoopy politics coverage, overseeing a growing team in D.C. and elsewhere to land stories that dominate the conversation and have impact. The bureau chief will set coverage priorities, help reporters frame and source articles, and assign and edit breaking news, features, investigations, and analysis that focuses on the big personalities, power plays, and policy shifts in the political world and government. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated skills to write their own stories weaving interviews, anecdotes, documents, and exclusive details into compelling narratives and be comfortable representing The Daily Beast at events and in the media.


  • Supervise The Beast's staff reporters covering the White House, Congress, campaigns, donors, political extremism, and more.
  • Assist in recruiting staff reporters and freelance writers for the politics team.
  • Conceive and execute on time-sensitive items as well as longer-form projects, all with an eye towards bringing home high-interest exclusive stories.
  • Continue to develop contacts and sources that will lead to exclusive stories and interviews.
  • Work closely with The Beast's top editors in New York City and its teams around the world.


  • A deep passion for politics and a broad source base of newsmakers and insiders.
  • A sharp news sense, the ability to think outside the box, imagination and the confidence to differentiate Beast coverage from the pack.
  • A track record of editing in a fast-paced, highly competitive news environment.
  • Sterling writing and editing skills and willingness to represent stories and The Daily Beast on TV
  • Experience managing and motivating younger reporters.
  • An understanding of pressing topics for diverse cultures, communities, and racial and ethnic identities.
  • Ability to work late-nights and weekends as events and schedules demand.
  • Based in Washington.
  • Appropriate experience.

Pay Range Salary:

The pay range for this position is $175,000 to $200,000 annually.

The base salary range represents the anticipated low and high end of the salary range for this position. Actual salaries may vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to work location, experience, performance and other factors. The range listed is just one component of The Daily Beast's total compensation package. The Daily Beast provides a variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, 401K employer matching program, paid holidays, and paid time off (PTO).

Additional Information

Don't meet every single requirement listed here? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet each and every qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you're interested in joining the Beast but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with this job description, we encourage you to give it a shot all the same. It might turn out that you're just the right candidate for this or other roles. See more about our commitment to diversity at https://www.thedailybeast.com/company/diversity

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.