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Investigative Reporter

Hearst Television, Winter Park, FL, United States

The story is yours!

Duration: Full Time

Investigative Reporter

WESH 2/CW18, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in Orlando, is looking for an Investigative Reporter to join our award-winning team of journalists. You believe in the power of uncovering truths, holding public officials accountable, digging into community concerns, telling untold stories, and uncovering exclusive details on the big story. The goal is to change lives and possibly even laws through insightful, accurate, and compelling storytelling. You are a versatile journalist with an existing understanding of public records and FOIA requests. The right candidate can delve into data, while telling emotional stories and delivering creative live shots. You will report to the News Director.

Job Responsibilities

  • Juggle multiple stories with short and long-term deadlines 
  • Take initiative in researching and pitching stories in coordination with the news managers for daily turns, promotables, sweeps, and special projects 
  • Work with photographers and producers to produce stories with the highest quality visual journalism
  • Work with managers and station attorneys to ensure coverage is fair, ethical, and legally defensible
  • Must be familiar with media law, ethics, and strict editorial guidelines
  • Embraces the importance of social media in cultivating ideas and engaging with viewers
  • Work with our digital team to ensure investigative content has a strong presence on all platforms through pictures, video, and text updates for all assignments
  • Develop a network of sources who provide tips, early access to information, and allow the reporter to break stories of significance
  • Must be able to cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to politics, social issues, business, public affairs, and day-of news
  • In person attendance required


  • 3+ years investigative reporting experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to enterprise and uncover stories while developing contacts
  • Demonstrated record of obtaining and reporting on court documents and other public records
  • Data journalism experience is preferred
  • Maintain the highest standards of journalistic integrity
  • Your demo reel should be indicative of your everyday work
  • Strong writing and storytelling skills
  • Can operate mobile transmission devices and use the latest technology
  • A valid driver’s license and a clear driving record
  • Must work varied shifts, including overnights and weekends 
  • Can deal with the stresses and pressures of time-sensitive newscast production
  • Can work in all weather conditions and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Equivalent military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and associated experience will be considered
  • Related military training and experience will be considered

Diversity Statement

At Hearst Television we tell stories every day. Stories about people of all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. That's why, behind the scenes, we believe in being an organization as diverse and varied as the audience we reach, ensuring that the content we create is more compassionate, and more representative of the communities we serve.


Hearst's benefit programs are modern, flexible and designed to focus on you. As a Hearst employee, you and your spouse or partner or dependents would have access to the following benefits.

  • Medical | Dental | Vision
  • 401(k) matching
  • Emotional Wellness Support
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • LGBTQ+ Health Services
  • Additional benefits to meet your and your family's needs

About Hearst Television

Every career with Hearst Television is like a story. How it develops, where it takes you, the milestones you reach along the way – you’ve got a lot to look forward to as your unique career story unfolds.

Hearst Television, a subsidiary of Hearst, owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.

Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry's premier companies. It has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism and industry innovation, including the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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