The Bay Area News Group -- publisher of the Mercury News and East Bay Times in the San Francisco Bay Area -- has an opening for a transportation reporter to help our readers rediscover, cope with and conquer a cursed daily ritual that all but vanished from their lives in the last 16 months: the insane Bay Area commute. Our preferred candidate will cherish exploring the far corners of the region’s multi-layered transit system — plumbing inconveniences and inefficiencies and braving some of the country’s most notorious traffic — whether it’s to document a super-commuter’s trek from Antioch to Atherton or the post-COVID wait times at the DMV. We want natural storytellers with a track record of developing sources, digging into data and translating wonk into work that connects with a digital audience. Show us you are as comfortable battling bureaucrats for public records as you are forecasting the future of transportation in the backyard of the innovators who are redefining it. Be ready to prove you know the difference between the Nimitz Freeway and the MacArthur Maze, Muni and VTA. We’re looking for reporters with four years at a media organization; experience covering transportation is desirable. But as the news events of the past few years have reminded us, versatility is critical — every reporter in our organization, at some point, will find themselves in the middle of some of the country’s biggest news stories, from pandemic shutdowns to raging wildfires and workplace crimes.