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Senior Editor, Housing Affordability Desk

As the housing affordability crisis continues to impact all aspects of life in California and the Bay Area, KQED is expanding its coverage of housing to include deep dives into some of the historical and policy roots of the cost of living in California. This senior editor will lead a new team to help guide ongoing coverage as well as immediate plans for a seasonal podcast and special investigative project. Meanwhile, as that project is being developed, this team would be breaking news and pursuing ongoing coverage of housing and the housing crisis in the state and region.

This position plays a critical and high-profile role in the KQED newsroom, leading a reporting unit that will comprehensively and accurately report on the housing crisis and its causes with a statewide lens and delivered to a statewide audience. The reporting should be multi-platform and must be as strong digitally as it is in the radio and audio space. S/he will be lead and connect the new housing unit to work closely with two KQED correspondents based in Los Angeles and in the Central Valley. Additionally, this position will be expected to work closely with The California Report, our statewide radio show and digital presence. Also with the launch of this unit, KQED will work to take a leading role in housing reporting for public media newsrooms across the state, including using collaborative and partner relationships with other news outlets. This means the senior editor will be expected to collaborate with editors and station leads and NPR and other national outlets on the planning of stories related to the housing crisis and related policy proposals to ensure that stories cover the geographical breadth of the crisis across the state.

Essential Functions:

  • Assists the KQED senior editorial team in setting goals and direction for the Housing Desk.
  • Supervises at least two (2) news employees, including reporters and producers covering housing in the state.
  • Leads editorial oversight, production and delivery of KQED’s housing podcast, along with Senior Editor of podcasts and other KQED producers.
  • Leads coverage, edits, and reports on housing across digital, audio and other content platforms.
  • Edits feature reporting for digital and radio content.  Reviews written stories, news scripts, edited audio and video news content, photographs, videos and databases.
  • Assists in managing the Desk’s enterprise and feature lists, which includes collaboration with other KQED news teams that take on Housing-based and/or homelessness stories.
  • Develops reporting partnerships with other news organizations that share KQED’s editorial mission.

Non-Essential Functions:        

  • On occasion, fills in for other editors.
  • Represents KQED at events.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Credentials/Education Required:

  • Ten years of experience in news reporting and editing required.  Minimum of six years of editorial desk leadership experience preferred.  Radio and online production experiences preferred.  B.A. degree in journalism, broadcast, mass communications or comparable media curriculum a plus.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Experienced newsroom leader.
  • Managed news desk or news operation that involved assignment of stories to reporters and editing of final product.
  • Reporting on housing.
  • Excellent news judgment.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage briskly paced, multi-platform news operation.
  • Excellent news writer and editor.
  • Familiarity with audio production and experience with editing audio features.
  • Familiarity with written, text, photo, web and social media publishing.
  • Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with both veteran and new reporters, editors and producers.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressures.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Non-English language skills (fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, or other languages with large California speaking populations) desired.
  • Working knowledge of housing issues.
  • Ability to edit multimedia content.
  • Familiarity with video content.
  • Familiarity with a range of significant regional and state-wide public affairs issues and subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs and the environment.
  • Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment.


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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