Producer, The Bay

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Mid Level

Do you love telling stories with sound? How about cutting tape and laying up a story in multitrack? Are you someone who likes to keep up with the news? Great! Keep reading.

KQED is looking for a producer to join The Bay podcast!

The Bay is KQED’s local news podcast that keeps Bay Area listeners informed and engaged with their communities. It’s “local news to keep you rooted.” Episodes are released three times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And each story strives to help define what it means to be part of the vast metropolitan region we lovingly call the Bay. 

You’ll be joining a fast-paced, collaborative, multi-skilled podcast production team with ambitions to grow the show’s audience. The team is also invested in local communities, equity and civic issues. Come eager to dive deep into Bay Area politics, culture, life and tensions.

As the show’s producer, your job is to work with the team to make the episodes. You’ll do this by laying out the story in a multitrack session, cutting down two-way interviews, finding soundbites from previously recorded interviews or archive tape, scoring the episode with music and publishing the episode. You’ll also work with the editor to help conceptualize and frame the episode. Expect to work with the host during interviews or on field reporting trips. And there will be plenty of opportunities to pitch episode ideas.

The right person for this position has a passion for local news and understands how to meet a deadline. They are interested in sound design and storytelling, and can be ready to pitch in on various tasks because they are a team player. 

KQED envisions a public media organization with a culture that centers on human dignity, equity, and belonging. This will enable us to better serve and reflect the Bay Area through diverse and inclusive storytelling. 

We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

KQED Code of Ethics

The mission that drives us:

KQED provide citizens 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.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Salary Information: $78,000-$97,000 Annually


Essential Functions: (Describe the principal continuing accountabilities of the position that must be performed to accomplish the purpose(s)/goals of the job.  Focus on results or outcome of the job, not the way in which the job is performed)  

  • Pitch story ideas and potential guests to editor and host
  • Book and pre-interview guests
  • Help conceptualize and frame episodes and interviews with the editor and host
  • Record, log and edit audio/tape for episodes including selecting soundbites or archive tape from previously recorded interviews
  • Assemble a mix or structure for a story/episode in a multitrack audio editor
  • Select music and mix it into an episode
  • Write and produce content for social media platforms in collaboration with podcast team
  • Research and report stories for episodes
  • Produce content from remote or field reporting locations
  • Produce audio promos for the episodes and show
  • Help produce live events with podcast team
  • Review podcast show analytics regularly with editor and producer
  • Occasionally fill-in for the host when necessary

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • One to three years of experience as a producer, reporter, anchor or host for a podcast or radio show
  • Ability to meet and work under short, daily news deadlines
  • Experience working in a collaborative production team or workflow
  • Good news judgment
  • Ability to cover a range of significant public affairs issues such as government, the economy, race, equity, education, health, legal affairs and the environment
  • Proficiency or mastery in Adobe Audition (or similar audio editing software program)
  • Strong audio editing and field recording skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience reporting and delivering from the field audio, text, photographs, video and other content 
  • Ability to interview and communicate with a variety of individuals

Knowledge/Experience Desired

  • Working knowledge of the 9-county Bay Area and the Sacramento region.
  • Experience working in a demographically and racially diverse news environment strongly desired
  • Proficiency and strong interest in engaging listeners via social media or other digital platforms
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic or a language other than English
  • Experience writing and publishing stories for the web and social media

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