Senior News Editor

Content Santa Monica, California


KCRW is Los Angeles’ iconic public radio station, known around the world for our original news, culture and music programs. Filled with curious and creative people building community on the air, online and in person, KCRW is a unique and collaborative workplace.

KCRW’s Senior News Editor ensures editorial excellence in everything our newsroom publishes or broadcasts. They work with our news producers, and the anchors of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, to create essential, timely and engaging news content for broadcast and the web.

This position is an opportunity to help lead a small but powerful newsroom, as it innovates to find new ways to tell the stories that matter to the diverse communities of Southern California.

Our new editor is a critical go-between for our news and digital teams; someone who ensures that the unique stories we have on-air also extend to KCRW’s existing and future digital channels.  The Senior News Editor edits breaking news items for KCRW newscasts and longer interviews for local news segments.  They will take edited audio stories and help the digital team find the best way to tell them on social and online. The desired candidate should excel at both short- and long-form storytelling. This editor will also help enforce KCRW style and standards on all news content. 

The News Editor reports to the Director of News and works closely with the Digital Content Director. They manage the news producers on ME and ATC as well as news intern(s). They will be expected to fill in for other editors on the newsroom management team.

This is a full-time, managerial, exempt position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing and training news producers
  • Editing and writing on-air content including newscast items, scripted interviews and promos 
  • Ensuring all news content meets KCRW’s style and standards
  • Editing and writing digital content
  • Editing audio for broadcast
  • Providing editorial direction to produces and reports on small and large projects
  • Assisting in the development of new content management strategies as we innovate
  • Fill in for other news managers during scheduled time off and as operational needs arise
  • Mentoring news interns
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication, leadership and management skills
  • Impeccable news judgement and ethical standards
  • Knowledge of AP and NPR style
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to track developing stories
  • Ability to discern what content works best for radio, for digital, for social media and to execute successfully on all platforms
  • Ability to work well with colleagues and thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Thoughtful, creative, energetic and calm under the pressure of breaking news
  • Knowledge of California and Los Angeles issues, institutions, newsmakers and journalists
  • Informed in a wide range of topics beyond current events, including arts, culture, film, history, science and public policy

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor’s degree with related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a broadcast or digital newsroom environment preferred; experience at a public radio station and familiarity with NPR programs is desirable. 
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in team management

What we offer:

  • Salary, commensurate with experience
  • 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

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.