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CalMatters seeks a reporter, homelessness beat

February 14, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

If you’re a journalist who can help us understand the experiences of unhoused people in California and the challenges — political, bureaucratic and financial — to finding solutions, then you might be our next homelessness reporter.

This position is for an experienced reporter with excellent writing skills who can navigate the politics of the issue in city, county and state governments and follow the money. Stories will also introduce us to those experiencing homelessness and the issues that contributed to their condition including mental illness, substance abuse or financial causes.

This job will require travel throughout the state. It will also work in collaboration with our beat reporter covering housing issues and our California Divide team working on inequality issues.

Responsibilities include:

  • Report and write stories in a variety of formats including in-depth longform, smart enterprise and short timely news.
  • Follow state and local policy discussions, related bills in the Legislature and advocacy group agendas.
  • Follow research from universities, think tanks and advocacy organizations about related issues. Identify key data sets.
  • Participate in public events and appearances on radio, television and social media.
  • Contribute to the story production process including work with our CMS, creating data graphics and using SEO best practices.


  • At least three years of professional journalism experience
  • Ability to travel throughout the state

These would be a plus:

  • The ability to report and write in both Spanish and English
  • Experience with data analysis and data journalism
  • Familiarity with California policy and politics

Salary range: $70,000 to $90,000 per year;

Higher compensation may be available for someone with advanced skills and/or experience.

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