environmental justice reporting

We're hiring: Texas Environmental Health Reporter

Want to do journalism with an impact? We want to hear from you.

We are seeking a Texas Environmental Health Reporter.

Our new bilingual Spanish/English, Gulf Coast-based reporter will write fearless stories about the environmental health challenges and opportunities confronting residents and workers in the Texas Gulf Coast, particularly focused on the region's petrochemical industry and buildout.

These stories, while relevant to all residents, should note the disproportionate environmental justice impacts that often fall on communities of color and poor neighborhoods.

The reporter must actively engage with scientists, analysts and evidence-based resources to inform data-driven reporting. The reporter must also connect with and draw out stories from community-based groups and voices.

The reporting focus will be developed in collaboration with EHN's senior editor and engagement director, as well as EHS' Ohio River Valley reporting bureau. It needs to draw local readers and a national audience. We expect it to bring what professional journalism best provides: Truth, accuracy, fairness, humanity and accountability.

We're looking for impact and change. Your job is to do enterprising, creative reporting on the winners and losers of environmental decisions in the region, particularly around the petrochemical buildout, and to show how those decisions ripple out across the country. We expect you to hold powerful people accountable and expose real-life consequences of policy decisions.

Who we're looking for:

  • A track record of aggressive, investigative reporting that digs into those pulling the levers of power.
  • Must have professional command of English and Spanish.
  • Experienced video reporting for TV or digital.
  • Experience reporting on the environment or social justice is a plus, but we're really interested in hearing fresh ideas on how to cover this beat.
  • Hunger to have an impact and change lives.
  • Fresh ideas on reaching and building an audience for your work.
  • An ability to work well with others. We're a small but tight group.
  • The unexpected. We don't have all the answers, and if you have some ideas but don't fit the description above, sell us on them.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year


  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Schedule:
    Monday to Friday
    • Work Location: Remote

    If this sounds exciting, here's what we need from you:

    Apply for the position here.

    Upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you'd be a good fit. Please describe how you would approach the environmental health beat in the Gulf Coast: What stories might you cover? How would you report them? How would you achieve and measure impact? We have some stories we want you to tell, but we want to hear your ideas.

    Please provide a work sample of your best clips, even if they're not about the region or the environment. We will interview on a rolling basis.

    The job is full time, remote and includes benefits. The job is based in Texas near the Gulf Coast Region. If you’re not in the region but willing to relocate, we’re happy to talk.

    About EHS:

    Environmental Health Sciences is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news and science organization dedicated to driving good science into public policy and public discussion on our environment and health, including climate change. The organization, founded in 2002, has helped drive science-based changes to policy that led to a moratorium on PBDE flame retardants by several states, a ban on the plastic additive BPA in children’s products by the federal government, and science-based chemical reform in Europe.

    We publish journalism content through our newsletters and primary news sites, such as Environmental Health News on EHN.org and DailyClimate.org.

    We're a virtual workplace with remote offices throughout the U.S. We are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.