Political Reporters

Political reporters gather and analyze information about current events in government and politics and present them in an accessible style to inform the viewer or reader. Political reporters broadcast their reports on radio and television stations or publish them in newspapers and magazines. The reporter is supposed to provide objective observation about events that editors deem newsworthy, which differs from political columnists who generally express an opinion. Broadcast news analysts, reporters and correspondents hold approximately 48,460 jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Analyze, interpret, publish, and broadcast political news received from various sources
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are available throughout the country, though slightly more openings exist in New York and Washington, D.C.
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Speech
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Enterprising
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Political Reporter
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Intern