Profile Reporter

The Chicago Sun-Times is the hardest-working paper in America, covering the stories and issues that matter most to Chicagoans with depth, integrity, and grit. The newsroom has earned eight Pulitzer Prizes for its hard-hitting investigative reporting, in-depth political coverage, insightful sports analysis, entertainment reviews, and cultural commentary. An industry-leading innovator in local news, it has been recognized nationally for expanding digital and multimedia reporting platforms alongside its indomitable newspaper, the oldest continuously published daily in the city.

In January 2022, the Sun-Times merged with public radio station WBEZ with a shared mission to strengthen local journalism in Chicago. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, Chicago Sun-Times Media, Inc. (CSTM) is now part of one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in the nation. This merger reinforces our commitment to serving Chicagoans with the news that matters most -– fact-based, unbiased journalism deeply connected to Chicago communities.

An Opportunity to Make an Impact

We believe independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy, and access to fact-based, objective news and information is a right of every citizen. We serve the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires, and enriches.  

We are seeking a Profile Writer to join our growing newsroom.  The Profile Writer will ideate, report and write exciting stories on essential figures who died and some living figures with ties to the Chicago area. The ideal candidate will be someone who has strong research and interviewing skills. We are looking for a writer who can create a compelling narrative and has some historical knowledge of the area. You will follow one of America's best obituary writers now in semi-retirement.

Core Duties: 

  • Provide compelling narratives on interesting figures with ties to the Chicago area.  
  • Able to report accurately and deliver entirely sourced narrative on tight deadlines
  • Work collaboratively with editors and other reporters on stories.
  • A minimum of three years of experience as a reporter
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communication, or a related field
  • Strong news judgment
  • Vital research and interviewing skills
  • Knowledge of Chicagoland history, neighborhoods, and suburbs
  • Ability to collaborate with reporters and editors on stories

What We Offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, vacation, holidays, life insurance, disability coverage, retirement savings, and a commuter benefits plan
  • Opportunity to work within a collaborative team culture
  • A flexible work schedule
  • Opportunity to be part of an iconic brand and help build the future of local news!

The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. CSTM may change the content or format of this job at any time at its sole and exclusive discretion without notice. This role does not offer sponsorship employment benefits.

COVID-19 Requirement: CST requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination hire.

CSTM does not discriminate in its employment decisions based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, citizenship or national origin, veteran status, or on any other basis which would violate any applicable federal, state, or local law. 

CSTM is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable

accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.