Full Time Job
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NPR’s award-winning Washington Desk produces sophisticated yet accessible coverage of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and electoral politics. Vital to our mission: original reporting, breaking news, breaking ideas with clarity and context and excelling at explanatory journalism. Known for our work ethic, the Washington Desk aspires to great storytelling both on air and online. Our coverage is featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, NPR.org, the NPR Politics Podcast and Up First.
We are looking for a full-time reporter to cover Congress. A passion for politics and policy is required. This reporter will also be asked to contribute to 2020 campaign coverage, as well.
The ideal candidate for this job should be well-sourced and have the ability to break news and do enterprise stories about Congress. At the same time, this reporter will be expected to cover daily news on Capitol Hill and hit daily deadlines. The reporter should think expansively about content and the best ways to deliver it; the Washington Desk serves audiences on multiple platforms so this reporter will be expected to do live broadcast interviews, report and produce pieces for NPR audio programs, as well as file for digital platforms. The job requires attention to detail, big picture thinking and concern for craft.
We’re looking for a reporter with three or more years of experience covering Congress, government or politics and will place a premium on those with live and lively broadcast experience.
The position is based in Washington. It involves occasional travel, weekend work and a flexible schedule.
• Pitches, plans and reports news, feature and major enterprise stories for all NPR platforms including broadcast, podcast and digital.
• Develops news sources.
• Covers stories as assigned by Washington Desk editors.
• Gathers materials on tape and otherwise, through interviews, press conferences and direct coverage of events.
• In consultation with editors and producers, organizes, edits and produces pieces and news spots.
• Collaborates with editors and show producers to shape on-air discussions and speaks fluently and conversationally live on the air.
• Fulfills administrative obligations arising from assignments, such as filing prompt and accurate expense records and program information/ summaries; maintaining contact with editors and appropriate producers; keeping editors and appropriate producers informed about assignments.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics, History, Journalism or another writing-intensive discipline and/or equivalent work experience
• At least three years of reporting experience covering the Congress, a state legislature or national policy and politics.
• Demonstrated ability to develop, report and write stories of interest to a national audience.
• Experience producing pieces, on-air conversations and live reports for radio, digital and social audiences.
• Ability to work quickly under deadline pressure. Must be able to report breaking stories for newscasts, major programs and digital.
• Ability and willingness to travel as needed.
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts.
• Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive place to work that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.