Washington Post seeks Fed and financial regulation reporter

June 11, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

The Washington Post is looking for an aggressive, perceptive and creative reporter to cover the Federal Reserve and other financial regulatory agencies, a prime beat with opportunities for newsy scoops and revelatory enterprise about the state of the financial system and its effect on real people.

Heading into the November elections, inflation is weighing on voters as the Fed mulls action on interest rates, which could trigger another economic miniboom or the next recession. Regional banks remain on shaky ground a year after teetering on the edge of a full-blown meltdown, yet the prospect of tougher banking rules has stirred up a ferocious backlash. And crypto cash is flooding Washington as regulators seem increasingly inclined to legitimize digital assets.

To drive coverage of these important stories, the ideal candidate will be an inquisitive thinker, a voracious consumer of data and a collaborative self-starter, able to work with colleagues across the newsroom. This job requires a mix of talents: In addition to producing ambitious enterprise, investigations and stories off the news, this reporter should seize opportunities to explain economic trends through FAQs, data visualizations and portraits of people caught in the riptides.


  • Cover the Federal Reserve and related agencies (including the FDIC, the SEC, and the CFTC), as well as efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies across government.
  • Develop sources and produce quick-turn scoops with impact.
  • Identify targets for ambitious enterprise stories that drive public debate about the economy and the financial system.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the newsroom, including the visual and data teams, to produce stories that help a general audience understand these often-complex topics.

Preferred qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience covering Washington regulation of the U.S. financial system.
  • A demonstrated ability to land consequential scoops and accountability stories.
  • A fast metabolism and competitive drive.
  • An abundance of ideas, energy and determination.
  • A nimble and creative approach to prioritizing reporting targets.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter outlining their qualifications and vision for the role, along with a résumé and three clips, to our jobs portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by June 21 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Business Editor Lori Montgomery, Deputy Business Editor Sandhya Somashekhar, Economics Editor Jennifer Liberto and Washington Economics Editor Mike Madden.

To apply, go here.

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