Reporter Cover Letter

by Kimberly Sarmiento

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(Name of Hiring Manager, Title)
(Name of Company)
(City, State, Zip)


Dear (Mr. or Ms.) (Last Name),

As a proven print and web Reporter, I offer a proven track record of researching and writing in-depth coverage of news stories that reach and engage large audiences, with articles ranging political, business, and police/court beats. I excel in identifying and interviewing solid contributors and delivering un-biased, fact-based stories that keep readers informed on events and changes in their community that could impact their daily lives.

I am known for covering both hard news (such as the arrest and conviction of several members of a local drug ring) and soft news (including the opening of new businesses and schools) stories, publishing multiple articles per week on a tight deadline. My bi-line has been printed in three newspapers with subscribers ranging from 200,000 to 600,000 and as part of each paper’s web content. Examples of my work include:

  • Researched and published a series of articles covering City of XXXX’s police investigation into a local drug ring transporting cocaine and heroin throughout the state; reported on the arrest, plea-bargain, trial, and conviction of a dozen gang members associated with the drug ring.
  • Covered zoning changes, new and modified business ordinances, and the results of the city’s campaign to attract new businesses to the community; wrote stories on the opening of a dozen new businesses in six months.
  • Attended city and county commission meetings regularly to report on opportunities for citizens to voice their concerns on issues coming before the commission for consideration and vote; covered all special and regular elections occurring locally and provided coverage of state and national politicians representing the area.
  • Reported on the opening of new schools and any other changes in local school districts; covered elections, school board meetings, adoption of uniform codes, changes in administration, funding issues, and more.

Confident I will make a positive impact on your paper, I respectfully submit my resume for your review. I would also like to request a personal meeting to discuss your upcoming goals and how I can help you achieve them. I will make myself available at your convenience and look forward to your call. Until then, thank you for your consideration.



Jxxx Dxx