The Washington Post is looking for a Fed and financial regulation reporter

The Washington Post is seeking an aggressive, insightful and creative reporter to cover the Federal Reserve and other financial regulatory agencies. This is a great place to publish news and revealing projects about the state of the financial system and its impact on real people.

Inflation weighs on voters ahead of the November election as the Fed considers action on interest rates that could trigger another economic mini-boom or another recession. Regional banks remain on shaky ground a year after teetering on the brink of full-blown meltdown, but the prospect of tighter banking regulations has sparked fierce opposition. And cryptocurrency is flooding Washington as regulators seem increasingly willing to legitimize digital assets.

To ensure these important stories are published, the ideal candidate will be an inquisitive thinker, a voracious consumer of data, and a self-starter with the ability to collaborate with newsroom colleagues. This job requires a combination of talents: in addition to producing ambitious ventures, investigations and news stories, this reporter should pursue opportunities to explain economic trends through frequently asked questions, data visualizations and portraits of people caught in the waves.


  • It includes the Federal Reserve and related agencies (including the FDIC, SEC, and CFTC), as well as efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies across the government.
  • Develop sources and create high-speed effect scoops.
  • Set goals for ambitious corporate stories that drive public debate about the economy and the financial system.
  • Collaborate with newsroom colleagues, including the visualization and data teams, to create stories that help the general audience understand these often complex topics.

Preferred qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience in the regulation of the Washington financial system in the US.
  • Demonstrated ability to convey accurate information and stories about accountability.
  • Fast metabolism and willingness to compete.
  • Lots of ideas, energy and determination.
  • An agile and creative approach to prioritizing reporting goals.

This position is based in our newsroom in Washington, DC.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications and vision for the position, along with a CV and three video clips, to our job portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same box. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by June 21. Cover letters should be addressed to Business Editor Lori Montgomery, Associate Business Editor Sandhya Somashekhar, Economics Editor Jennifer Liberto, and Washington Economics Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.

To apply, go here.

Chris Roush

Chris Roush was dean of the School of Communication at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Previously, he was the Walter E. Hussman Sr. Professor of Business Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook, Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication, and Thinking Things Over, a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.