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All Things Considered Newscaster / Reporter - KCUR 89.3


The Opportunity

KCUR needs a creative and ambitious journalist to take over one of our station’s most visible and influential on-air roles. Our next All Things Considered Newscaster will be tasked with building off the strong foundation that, in recent years, has established KCUR’s afternoon drive as one of the most competitive and top-rated news programs in Kansas City.

In your impact on-air and online, you will play a critical role in making sure KCUR has success daily in reaching and engaging our audience. You will be a key voice and face of KCUR’s effort to cement itself as a credible and dynamic news organization.

The ideal candidate will be able to work both collaboratively with staff and independently, exercising high journalistic standards and professionalism in all situations. We’re looking for someone with a conversational but professional on-air delivery, who can work rapidly under tight deadlines but still produce accurate reporting. You should be eager and able to do your own enterprise reporting and be comfortable working with other reporters and talk shows to contribute to KCUR’s overall news operations.

This position reports to the News Director.

Characteristic Duties

The ideal candidate will have radio experience, but we’ll consider strong journalists across all platforms. We’d like candidates who are comfortable communicating with people in a dynamic and diverse community.

  • Writes, edits and produces live afternoon newscasts between 3 and 6 p.m., under strict deadlines.
  • Works with All Things Considered host to write and broadcast hourly live teases of upcoming newscasts.
  • Identifies, researches, pitches, writes, reports, edits and voices a wide variety of spots, two-ways, and feature stories for morning and afternoon newsmagazines, local talk shows, regional networks and national programs (as appropriate).
  • Anticipates and responds to breaking news in the moment and alerts needed newsroom staff to help in response.
  • Edits spots for other reporters as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with other KCUR reporters and talk show producers on long-term projects.
  • May help oversee the work of interns.
  • Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field.
  • Three years of experience in a public media or news organization, with considerable time spent preparing and delivering newscasts.
  • Conversational, professional delivery.
  • Experience operating a variety of broadcast equipment including audio boards, digital editing systems (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording units, and other production equipment. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google documents.
  • Aggressive, enthusiastic, and self-motivated approach to daily and breaking news.
  • Ability to report through long-form, innovative storytelling.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills, proven news judgment, and journalistic integrity.
  • Experience producing content conforming to AP style for the web and social media platforms.
  • Ability to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction and work independently as well as collaboratively with various personalities.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  • Knowledge of the Kansas City area and the issues facing both Kansas and Missouri.


$47,476 to $55,000 per year, commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 17, 2021. This position will remain open until filled. KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Apply online here. Then select Staff Positions - View Jobs.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

For more information, call the UMKC Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.