Politics Reporter, General Assignment

News New York City, New York


Politics Reporter, General Assignment

The nation’s largest public radio newsroom is looking for an ambitious reporter to join our People & Power Desk, which covers how state and local policies affect New Yorkers, as well as the players and institutions charged with carrying out the administration of democracy.

This is a general assignment role within the desk, and this reporter will ensure that the most relevant and timely political news makes it to our airwaves and website. This reporter will cover breaking news stories that fall onto the desk and assist beat reporters in a rewrite capacity. 

The right candidate is flexible, comfortable working on a variety of platforms, holds themselves to the highest levels of journalistic excellence and works quickly to make sure that our audiences can get the news they need in the way they want it. This reporter should have an understanding of and affinity for local politics and thrive in a collaborative news environment. 

This is a key role in a newsroom that is rapidly expanding and evolving how it covers the most fascinating region in America. The WNYC newsroom strives to make the New York/New Jersey region work for the people who live here, and has ambitious goals to reach new, diverse audiences through impactful, audience-focused journalism.

This position reports to the People & Power editor and has a Sunday-Thursday schedule: 2-9:30 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


  • Report and produce news stories in both text and audio form that are clear, thorough, fair, timely and accurate
  • Conceive, source and pitch stories for the People & Power Desk that will engage listeners and readers, answering pressing questions and giving daily utility that drives daily audience habits
  • Assist other People & Power reporters and news editors in a rewrite capacity to ensure that news stories can make the air and website as quickly as possible
  • Consistently meet deadlines on any daily news while working on enterprise stories
  • Develop sources that lead to scoops our audience can’t get elsewhere
  • Effectively coordinate with other news editors and digital journalists for maximum reach across our platforms
  • Enthusiastically participate in newsroom-wide efforts to improve workflows, policies, breaking news and major story events and various practices as requested 


  • At least 3 years of professional daily news experience 
  • Experience in using production systems and software tools required to edit, produce and curate content on a variety of platforms
  • Aptitude and comfort with using a broad range of media, including audio and text
  • Knowledge of basic SEO and other digital audience skills
  • Ability to move ideas quickly from concept to completion
  • Ability to see the story that’s going to engage readers and to anticipate reader interests
  • Deft writing and editing skills, including the ability to sharpen or rewrite copy under immediate deadline pressure
  • Sophisticated communication skills, including oral, written, and public speaking
  • Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism; and impeccable journalistic integrity and judgment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
  • Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking
  • Ability to manage several story assignments concurrently
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of reporting
  • Basic understanding of data gathering, including the ability to read and interpret data from a variety of sources
  • The ability to work effectively and/or interact with the public and with other staff at New York Public Radio

Additional Information
This is a full-time role with a salary range of $84,413-$86,000 per year (plus a full benefits package). Salary offered within this range is determined by skills, experience and organizational pay equity. New York Public Radio offers excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as parental leave.

This role is currently operating in a hybrid capacity, with the ability to sometimes work from home. However, this position is part of the NYC staff and will be expected to work from the NYC office on specified days with regularity. 

Given this role will be in the office/studios, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required unless NYPR has approved a specific religious or medical exemption in advance of the first day of work. At this time, NYPR defines being fully vaccinated as having received two Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations or one Johnson and Johnson vaccination.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.

Equal Opportunity
New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.