What Is a Bureau Chief?

A bureau chief is a journalist who works in satellite locations for a newspaper and is typically the newsroom manager for the location. The bureau chief is typically responsible for handing out assignments to reporters and serving in an administrative role.

A bureau chief is normally responsible for a particular city or part of a country. The bureau chief typically has the same duties as the editor does in-house. A bureau chief often has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is normally a seasoned journalist. News bureau chiefs often focus on either local, national or international news, and sometimes they are limited to a particular subject, such as political news.