Metro reporter – state education
Star Tribune

The Star Tribune, the largest news organization in the Upper Midwest, seeks an aggressive, resourceful reporter and strong writer to cover statewide K-12 education issues. This is a key beat in our newsroom, and we are looking for someone who excels at breaking news, accountability journalism and in-depth enterprise.

Applicants for this position must have strong news instincts and an ability to cut through education jargon. The person in this role must be able to develop local and statewide sources in education, think digitally, and juggle the challenge of covering K-12 issues statewide where many of these issues play out.

The reporter will cover breaking news and develop timely enterprise stories on a range of state and national education issues, including testing, teaching, learning, how funding does or doesn’t keep up with changing demographics. The reporter also will work at times with others on our four-reporter Education Team.

At the Star Tribune, we take pride in being Minnesota’s top news source, both digitally and in print. Our journalism has won virtually every major award, including a 2021 Pulitzer Prize for our breaking news coverage of the killing of George Floyd and the turmoil that followed. Our local ownership is committed to excellent coverage statewide, as reflected by new bureaus we’ve opened in Duluth and St. Cloud.

In the past year we’ve embarked on a newsroom-wide dialogue around issues of diversity and inclusion and how best to make sure all voices in our community are represented in the work we do. Candidates should recognize that legacy news operations need to merge diversity-and-inclusion aspirations with audience needs to succeed, and support that goal.


  • Minimum five years of related experience.
  • You should already be a standout reporter and writer, recognized by your peers and supervisors as among the very best at what you do.
  • A track record of developing short-, mid- and long-range enterprise ideas.
  • You have an active presence and following on social media and have demonstrated a robust engagement with digital audiences.
  • You must be comfortable posting quickly to the website and be eager to embrace emerging digital story forms that engage new readers, such as newsletters.
  • A commitment to coverage that represents and speaks to the breadth of Minnesota’s diversity.
  • A spirit of collaboration is essential.

To apply, upload a resume, beat memo describing how you’d approach the job, and at least a half dozen story ideas at

Some top benefits include: a new downtown office with gym access to Capella Tower Health Club in the building and access to rooftop amenities in warm months; commuter benefits; competitive medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; 401(k) matching; tuition assistance; pet insurance and unlimited digital access to Star Tribune. In addition, Star Tribune has partnerships with many organizations that offer our employees a variety of discounts!


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