The War Horse is looking to hire investigative reporters for remote contract positions.

Applicants should have a minimum of five years of full-time professional reporting experience. They must have demonstrated investigative expertise and a gift for writing fair, clear and engaging narratives about complex subjects. They should be comfortable working with public records and databases. A record of in-depth reporting on Defense and Veterans Affairs is a significant asset.


The job consists of two parts: identifying, conceiving and executing major projects on any aspect of criminal justice, with deep reporting, original insight and narrative grace; and contributing shorter pieces of reporting or analysis that shed light on or provide context for issues of criminal justice. In short, we are looking for revelatory stories and probing analysis.

The reporter should expect to collaborate with colleagues from The Marshall Project or partner organizations — print, broadcast and online.


Founded in 2015 out of concern over legacy media companies’ declining investment in high quality public affairs journalism about military and veteran affairs, The War Horse has grown to become a national leader in the military reporting community and received the 2017 Excellence in Features Journalism Award for Integrated Storytelling. In the last year, our work was featured in Vanity Fair, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and our reporting on Marines United changed military law AND influenced a unanimous House vote of 418—0 to criminalize nonconsensual and revenge pornography. To explore our impact, visit our interactive impact timeline.

We are not advocates but we have a declared mission: to create and sustain a sense of urgency about Defense and Veterans Affairs. We do not generally cover breaking news (although we curate the reporting of other news outlets in our morning newsletter.) Our work aims to highlight stories that other news organizations miss, underestimate or misunderstand. To assure our work reaches a larger audience, we partner or co-publish with other news outlets on almost all of our work; we are discussing partnerships with newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and online sites.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been incarcerated.

Send resume, clips and references to Due to the expected volume of applications, we will follow up with the most promising candidates but cannot respond individually to all applicants.