Chief Political Reporter

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KCCI-TV, in Des Moines, Iowa’s News Leader, is searching for a Chief Political Reporter to cover local, state and national politics.

Des Moines has been listed as the ninth best place to live according to U.S. News and World Report, which listed Des Moines as one of the top five most affordable and best cities to live in and calls Des Moines a millennial hotspot. Elegant Colonial and Tudor-style homes built in the early 1900s hide in quiet neighborhoods minutes from buzzy downtown, where lofts and condos draw the millennial crowd.  Many families with kids flock to the suburbs where new housing developments continually pop up. And there’s plenty to do and see in Des Moines. Cultural events and festivals draw all ages to the downtown area. One-of-a-kind shops, locally owned restaurants and hip bars enliven entertainment districts. And plenty of bike trails and parks (and even a few lakes) provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Candidates must be able to look at legal policies and the decisions of politicians and translate how they will affect people’s lives.

We are looking for a reporter who will bring clarity to the debates, hot-button issues, and trends that are transforming our community.

This journalist should be able to build sources to break stories and have strong interviewing skills that hold the powerful accountable.


  • Work with News Director and news management to develop strategy for political coverage
  • Identify and collect information on significant, under-reported, and newsworthy state and local political events
  • Assemble and verify facts through conducting interviews as well as examining documents and public records
  • Pitch story ideas, follow hot topics, write news content relevant to our coverage priorities and develop these as needed
  • Build up a network of contacts and sources within the beat
  • Works with or without a photographer to gather and edit compelling video and sound, and develop people-centered stories
  • Must be able to work on general assignment stories as needed
  • Will contribute pictures, video and text updates to mobile platforms consistently throughout the day
  • Can juggle multiple stories and projects at once, demonstrates exceptional time-management skills by meeting deadlines under pressure

Job Requirements

  • Experience in news reporting preferred
  • Solid news judgment and excellent journalism ethics
  • Demonstrated ability to enterprise and uncover
  • Ability to operate mobile transmission devices and use latest technology
  • Ability to work varied shifts, including evenings and weekends
  • Can work in all weather conditions and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Has a valid driver’s license, can drive large vehicles over long distances, and a clear driving record


  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Develop engaging in-depth articles
  • Perform under tight deadlines
  • Efficiency and productivity


  • College degree in broadcast journalism or related field preferred
  • Equivalent military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and associated experience will be considered

Additional Requirements

As part of its continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees, Hearst Television requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against the coronavirus by the first day of employment as a condition of employment, to the extent permitted by applicable law. HTV will consider requests for reasonable accommodations due to medical and/or religious reasons on an individual basis in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

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