Public Safety Reporter

News New York City, New York


Public Safety Reporter
WNYC/Gothamist Newsroom

The WNYC / Gothamist Newsroom is looking for a curious, dogged reporter to join our Public Safety team and produce essential and engaging reporting for our broadcast and digital audiences.

This reporter will play a key role in covering public safety at one of the most pivotal moments in our city’s history. Our region has elected a new slate of leaders who promise to make us safer, and our justice system fairer. This reporter is eager to hold these leaders accountable and build relationships with residents, civic leaders, clergy, police, prosecutors, and public officials – making sure to seek out people whose backgrounds and beliefs differ from their own. The right candidate will visit their subjects where they live and work, immersing themselves in the unique challenges and conditions they face. While other reporters jump at the story of the day, this person also knows how to take a step back to examine data and public records, offering their audience the context needed to make sense of the headlines.  

This is a key role in a rapidly expanding and evolving newsroom. The WNYC/Gothamist newsroom strives to make the New York City metro region work for the people who live here, and has ambitious goals to reach new, diverse audiences through impactful, audience-focused journalism. Our reporters produce high-quality content for live air, on-demand podcasts and our website,


  • Report and produce original news stories in both text and audio form that are clear, thorough, fair, timely and accurate
  • Conceive, source and pitch stories on a variety of topics that will engage listeners and readers, answering pressing questions and giving daily utility that drives daily audience habits
  • Consistently meet daily publishing deadlines
  • Develop sources that lead to scoops our audience can’t get elsewhere
  • Participate fully as a member of the public safety coverage team by contributing to coverage plans, meetings, brainstorming sessions, and newsroom projects
  • Effectively coordinate with other editors and digital journalists for maximum reach across our platforms
  • Enthusiastically participate in newsroom-wide efforts to improve workflows, policies, and various practices as requested


  • Three years professional reporting experience at a reputable news organization
  • Superb communication skills, including public speaking skills, the ability to multitask, and experience covering breaking news
  • Aptitude and comfort producing a broad range of content, including audio, text news stories, and social media 
  • Experience with audience-centered engagement projects strongly preferred
  • Competence in SEO and other digital audience skills
  • Experience using production systems and software tools required to edit, produce and curate content
  • Ability to see the story that is going to engage audiences and to anticipate reader/listener interests
  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex social and cultural issues
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of reporting
  • Deep commitment to accurate, ethical journalism, and impeccable journalistic integrity and judgment
  • Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail and fact-checking
  • The ability to work effectively with the public and colleagues at New York Public Radio
  • Familiarity with public safety, its news ecosystem and culture

Additional Information

This is a full-time role with a salary range of $84,413-$90,000 per year (plus a full benefits package). Salary offer 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role is currently operating in a remote capacity, however, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and will be expected to work from the New York office in a hybrid capacity starting May 31st. 

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.