The other border.Measles.A human heart left on an airplane.Daylight saving time.Wildfires.Public land disputes.Rural economics.Halibut tossing.
Kirk Johnson has brought the Pacific Northwest (and Alaska) to life, and then some, over the last seven years. He’s roamed widely, and kept his eyes open and his notebook at the ready. Always full of adventure, he’s now off to a new one, taking a six-month leave to write a book that I’ll let him tell you all about later.
What this means for National is that Seattle, which has a long history of attracting top New York Times talent, is in need of a journalist with the same get-up-and-go and gift with the keyboard that Kirk, who was born and raised in Utah, brought to the job. The beat includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska -- which means there’s conservative farm country, left leaning cities and tundra reachable only by plane.
We are looking for a self-driven correspondent with a readiness to jump on news, whether it’s natural disasters or gunmen taking over a nature preserve. Creativity is a must, as is a eagerness to explore a range of story forms. The successful candidate must also write with flair and authority in revealing and surprising ways. Your stories should both impress those who live in the Northwest and serve as fascinating windows into the region for readers who are far away. This is a bureau chief position, meaning you’ll coordinate coverage, direct stringers and act as our eyes and ears in a vast patch of earth.
Write us a memo telling us what you’d do with this enviable perch. We’ll be looking for a temporary correspondent to hop on the next plane for Seattle and someone more permanent who hopes to succeed Kirk when he finishes his book and takes on a new post later in the year.
This is an excluded position.
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