Boston Globe seeks a biz reporter to cover housing and cost of living

February 21, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

The Boston Globe is looking for an experienced, ambitious reporter to cover one of the defining challenges facing our region: Housing and the cost of living here.

Greater Boston is one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, with home prices and rents that warp so much of life here, from commutes, to schools, to where people choose to live and work, to whether they stay in our region at all.

We’re looking for someone to dig into all of that, to explore why housing costs so much here and what it means, and to cover the debate over what we might do about it.

This is a wide-ranging, high-velocity beat, and we need a versatile reporter who can deliver both quick hits for the website and deep dives for the Sunday front page, who’s as comfortable interviewing struggling renters as they are with explaining policy arcana, and who has an eye for the many many ways housing influences the way we live.

You’ll be part of our Business team, working with a crew of experienced real estate journalists, but you’ll also ply the State House, City Hall, and suburban town meetings. You’ll know sometimes a chart is worth 1,000 words. And if you’ve experimented with new approaches to storytelling, we’d love to hear about it.


  • Three to five years experience at a major market publication.
  • Experience covering housing or real estate is helpful but not essential.
  • A reasonable comfort level with data and mapping (we have pros to make the maps and charts but would love someone who can spot good stories in them).
  • A mindset that puts our readers first and always asks why a story matters to them.
  • A collegial spirit and collaborative approach to journalism
  • A willingness to adapt and be audience focused, with a curious mindset and a commitment to creating an inclusive work environment

This position is a union position covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the Boston Newspaper Guild

To apply, go here.

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