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.

Quick Facts
Duties Analyze, interpret, publish, and broadcast political news received from various sources
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
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.
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Speech
Experience Internship
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Enterprising
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Political Reporter
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Intern

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