Breaking News Reporter

News New York City, New York


Breaking News Reporter
WNYC/Gothamist Newsroom

The nation’s largest public radio newsroom is looking for a dogged reporter to help wake up New York City with vital news and information.

The morning breaking news reporter plays a critical role in the WNYC/Gothamist newsroom, ensuring that the most relevant, timely news makes it to our airwaves and website. This reporter will assist the radio shows by digging into the latest happenings, writing stories for and spots for broadcast. They will also cover breaking news stories and assist field 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 well across departments to make sure that our audiences can get the news they need in the way they want it. They thrive in a fast-paced environment and love the ever-changing nature of the breaking news beat. 

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. 


  • Report and produce 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
  • Assist other reporters and 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
  • Participate fully as a member of the Community Health & Environment team by contributing to coverage plans, meetings and brainstorming sessions
  • 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



  • At least 3 years of professional journalism 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
  • Versatility working across production platforms and subject areas
  • 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
  • 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 that includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal, sick time and 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 may be expected to work from the New York office when it is safe to do so.

The shift for this role starts at 6am Monday through Friday.

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.