Deputy Editor

News New York City, New York


 Deputy Editor

 The Deputy Editor at WNYC is charged with directing and overseeing journalism at the nation’s largest local public media newsroom. This critical position is a change-positive force for excellent journalism distributed on multiple platforms, including Gothamist, on-demand audio and live/streaming radio. The deputy editor will work with the Editor in Chief and the head of digital audience to grow WNYC into the nation’s premiere source of local journalism and the newsroom of record for New York City. 

This editor knows a good story. Precise and excellent news judgment is a must. This editor lives and breathes New York City news, and has a lifelong passion for using fair and independent journalism to correct wrongs, including racial and economic inequities that persist in our government, businesses and culture. Our newsroom exists to inspire and provoke civil civic discourse that reflects and improves the lives of New Yorkers. 

The right candidate is a modern journalist with a thorough understanding of digital metrics, audience-engagement techniques, and a history of implementing innovative new storytelling techniques -- both in audio and text. Most critically, the deputy editor must also be an empathetic, inclusive and unflinching manager of people, devoted to articulating high journalistic expectations and managing through other editors to help reach those standards. We value kindness and straightforward, earnest communication. It is imperative that the Deputy Editor lives and breathes these values and behaviors. 

This position reports to the Editor in Chief at WNYC and New York Public Radio. 



  • Operationalize the strategic vision for covering news in America’s most diverse and biggest metropolis by directing a team of multiplatform editors in charge of breaking, day-of and longform reporting
  • Consistently and fairly articulate coverage priorities and how they track to strategic goals for growing audience and doing journalism that improves the lives of New Yorkers
  • Initiate and organize long-range planning on critical topics with creativity and precision 
  • Organize major breaking news events for broadcast and online text
  • Ensure that employees are being managed with respect and kindness, and play a key role in helping to develop career pathways for successful employees
  • Proactively develop future leaders, mentoring and coaching staff
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of the newsroom climate, culture, and processes
  • Help recruit and retain a diverse and talented pool of journalists
  • Embrace and model a change-positive culture



  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in managing and inspiring other journalists, including other managers, with kindness and fairness
  • Impeccable journalistic integrity, editorial judgment and editing skills
  • Demonstrated track record of overseeing and editing impactful investigative stories
  • Modern understanding of digital journalism, including applicable metrics, off-platform strategies and audience engagement techniques 
  • Ability to manage several projects concurrently and communicate across multiple divisions while keeping senior management informed of any potential issues
  • Crystal clear communication skills, both oral and written
  • An entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit with coworkers inside the newsroom, in other departments and external partners
  • Experience quickly and clearly setting coverage priorities in order to respond to the news
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute an equity lens to every aspect of people development and management processes, and ability to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in newsrooms
  • Familiarity with New York City, its news ecosystem and culture


Additional Role Information:

This is a full-time role with competitive compensation and eligibility for full benefits including excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation, personal time, sick time, parental leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this role is currently operating in a remote capacity and will continue to be fully remote through at least June 2021. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and may be expected to work fully from the New York office when it is safe to do so.


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.