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Co-host/Correspondent – Los Angeles, The California Report

California is a trendsetter – in the nation and around the world. Our state leads the way in so many areas, including tech and gender issues, cultural and environmental vision, progressive experimentation, and as a counter-balance to the Trump Administration. And in addition to political and policy prominence, California’s statewide and regional coverage has taken on a new importance as a center of “resistance” to nativist politics.

The California Report morning show reaches around a million listeners and has a robust podcast to complement the broadcast. The show delivers two – sometimes three – separate and distinct editions at 5:50 a.m., 6:50 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. every morning.

In order to cover the state comprehensively, KQED Public Radio is hiring a new Co-host/Correspondent in our Los Angeles bureau. The ideal candidate will be driven and excited – able and willing to juggle two high-pressure, high-profile roles with equal depth and breadth. This involves hosting the morning show on a regular basis, and then shifting to cover critical breaking and enterprise news from around Southern California, delivering stories and work for The California Report, The California Report Magazine, our podcasts and our digital platform, as well.

The candidate should be collaborative, have good editorial judgement, and a sense of humor. A sense of irony would be welcome, too.

Essential Functions:

  • Rotate between hosting and reporting; often hosting an early morning shift that begins at 4:15 a.m
  • Hosts/anchors daily statewide morning news segments.
  • Conducts live on-air news source and reporter debriefings.
  • Travels and reports on breaking and enterprise stories, and helps the TCR editor in developing coverage strategies, program topics, story themes and special projects.
  • Coordinates in-depth special projects and series as assigned.
  • Researches, reports, writes and produces stories from the studio and in the field for radio broadcast and for the web. Hosts and anchors other KQED News programs, as assigned.
  • Substitutes for other Hosts and Newscasters, as assigned.
  • Performs other essential duties as required.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Edits stories by staff and contributors as assigned.
  • Assists in training interns.
  • Assumes other duties as assigned.

Credentials/Education Required:

  • Minimum 6 years experience broadcast production or related news-gathering experience required. B.A. degree in journalism, mass communications or comparable media curriculum or major required.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Minimum 6 years of experience as broadcast news reporter, producer, editor, anchor and/or host. Experience must include knowledge and application of journalism principles, standards and requirements.
  •  Experience in hosting radio programs and reporting live on-air.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, interview, and respond to a variety of individuals.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and reporting skills.
  • Ability to research and analyze news using a variety of methods and sources.
  • Strong familiarity with and understanding of California political, economic and social issues and institutions.
  • Digital production and editing experience required.
  • Experience in writing and editing copy and audio for digital platforms.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Competency in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin is a plus.
  • Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment strongly desired.


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) with employer match. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more. Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.
We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.

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