Healthy Communities Reporter (Reporter II)

Production Santa Monica, California


Who we are
KCRW is a public media leader, creating and curating a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and deliver in innovative ways -- on the radio, digitally and in person -- to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  

KCRW is a nonprofit organization that raises from philanthropic individuals and organizations more than 50% of the revenue needed to support annual programs and operations for a $23+ million operating budget. KCRW offers a dynamic work environment, where staff can foster their personal passions for music, news and culture; and where creativity, curiosity, credibility, collaboration and community are both demonstrated and encouraged daily. 

What we need
The Healthy Communities reporter will create short- and long-form audio and digital stories for all of KCRW’s channels. These will be profiles, investigations and solutions-oriented stories that put community members at the heart of the story through public engagement. The reporter may also be called on to cover breaking news and special assignments. We’re looking for candidates who are:

Smart journalists. You support public media’s principles of diversity and excellence of programming, responsiveness to local communities, and service to all. You have a drive to help KCRW’s audience better understand their communities by providing factual, fair and relevant information.

Inspired storytellers. You love the unexpected, the funny, the new. You enjoy writing and experimenting with different ways to keep an audience engaged with your story.

Independent and self-driven. You are disciplined enough to work largely independently, and also communicative enough to participate in a small news operation where team members trust, rely upon and collaborate with one another.  

Excited about Southern California. You’ll be reporting and sharing LA stories that matter to a diverse audience in -- or connected to -- SoCal.

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Managing Editor. This position is in the SAG-AFTRA Bargaining Unit. 

KCRW has in effect a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees. The mandate is subject to accommodation in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.


  • Pitching feature stories for audio and digital channels
  • Covering stories on and off the beat for newscasts
  • Independent field reporting for broadcast and online
  • Editing interview tape
  • Writing scripts from 30-seconds to 10-minutes
  • Covering breaking news as needed

Required Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable about general news and Southern California
  • Minimum 3 years related work experience required
  • Able to edit audio (knowledge of Dalet, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Audacity or equivalent preferred)
  • Digital media savvy
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize and meet deadlines, while working on both short and long-term projects
  • Experience with live 2-ways and on-air interviews a plus 
  • Compelling storyteller
  • Bachelor’s Degree required 

Preferred Skills 

  • Fluency in Spanish is desirable 

 Compensation & Benefits:

  • Union minimum hourly rate $35.58
  • Eligible for overtime and premium working holiday pay rate
  • Sick leave award
  • Vacation leave accrual
  • Paid holidays
  • Health insurance (including medical, dental, vision, FSA, life and AD&D) eligibility
  • 403(b) with company match 
  • Passionate office environment surrounded by an incredible community of curious and talented colleagues
  • KCRW is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program - read more here to determine your eligibility

Application Instructions:
Please submit a resume, cover letter and work sample. In your cover letter, please pitch a story you’d like to cover for this beat. Applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

KCRW aims to be representative of Southern California, and candidates with traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. KCRW is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.