Investigative Reporter

Greenville, SC, USA ● South Carolina, USA Req #20333
Thursday, December 23, 2021
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The Greenville News is looking for an experienced investigative reporter who is passionate about watchdog and accountability reporting and is also adept at compelling writing that puts people at the heart of the story.

This is an opportunity for a reporter who wants to find great stories in one of the Southeast’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. Greenville County – already the most populous county in South Carolina -- is expected to add more than 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years. With that growth will come tremendous opportunity to hold local governments accountable and tell stories about how those growing pains are impacting the people who live here and those who are moving here.

Greenville also continues to grapple with a changing demographic, and we need journalists who can tell stories about how rapid growth is impacting underserved communities – both the established, but shrinking, Black neighborhoods in and around the city of Greenville and the growing Spanish-speaking communities that surround the city.

We already have a team of reporters dedicated to covering a downtown Greenville that serves the larger metropolitan area and the gentrification and affordable housing issues that are impacting the city. This investigative reporter will be a part of that team, but also will have the freedom to find compelling stories in Greenville County and around the state.

The Greenville News is a newsroom that values investigative reporting and has a history of investigative reporting with impact. This reporter will play a key role in continuing that tradition.

To that end, we want an individual who is relentless in their pursuit of truth, who is compassionate toward the people and communities we cover, and who understands that journalism is mission work that can change communities and empower the people around us, and that work of that importance sometimes breaks out of the boundaries of a 9-to-5.

Greenville is halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte in the rapidly growing Interstate 85 corridor. We’re three hours from the beach, less than an hour form the mountains and close to major league sports in both Charlotte and Atlanta. As the anchor of one of South Carolina’s largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas, Greenville offers a vibrant nightlife, a nationally recognized food scenes and one of the most envied downtowns in the region.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism or related field.
  • At least four years reporting experience or at least two years investigative reporting experience with the clips to back-up that experience
  • Experience navigating data and public records and finding compelling, people-driven stories in the documents
  • An aggressive spirit and a willingness to doggedly ask hard questions of people in power
  • An ability to connect with people in the community in a way that, first and foremost, builds relationships and trust and, second, encourages them to tell their stories
  • The ability to work well with a team of reporters, photojournalists and editors, but also to function independently when needed
  • Sound news judgment
  • A knowledge of AP style and a sound ethical approach to journalism
  • The ability to work some nights and weekends in a newsroom that also tries to foster work-life balance in a career that often demands flexible scheduling
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  • Job Family Frontline Journalists
  • Job Function Consumer
  • Pay Type Hourly
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  • Greenville, SC, USA
  • South Carolina, USA