KCUR Reporter, Missouri Government and Politics

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KCUR 89.3 is ramping up coverage of Missouri politics from the midterm election cycle through the 2020 gubernatorial elections — and we’re looking for an ambitious multimedia reporter to join the team.  Missouri is a unique state: at once rural and urban, spread out and concentrated, conservative with liberal pockets. This new beat reporter will pitch and report spot news and long-form audio/digital features, contribute to and/or host KCUR’s Statehouse Blend Missouri podcast, discuss developments on talk shows, and perhaps host events.

This person also must have an innovative, collaborative approach to content creation and distribution, and an ability to multitask in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

KCUR 89.3, the NPR affiliate in Kansas City, is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  See www.kcur.org/jobs for information about KCUR and Kansas City.


  • Pitch, research, report and voice spots, two-ways, and feature stories for morning and afternoon newsmagazines, local talk shows, and national programs (as appropriate).
  • Create digital stories that provide depth and include photographs, interpretive charts, interactive graphics and/or short videos.
  • Stay abreast of daily developments in Missouri government and politics, developing broad geographic knowledge, sources and topical expertise.
  • Anticipate and respond to breaking news.
  • Contribute segments and suggest new approaches for the Statehouse Blend Missouri podcast, with an eye to taking on hosting duties.
  • Collaborate with KCUR’s in-state partners and national entities to share content across multiple platforms.
  • Collaborate with other KCUR reporters and editors on projects.
  • Participate in all assigned fundraising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Some travel required; other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a related field required; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience; and at least 3 years of experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.


  • Three years of work experience in a radio, news, or public media organization.
  • Experience covering breaking news.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and good news judgment.
  • Experience with digital audio editing software (e.g. Adobe Audition), field recording equipment and other audio production tools.
  • Aggressive, enthusiastic and self-motivated approach to daily news coverage.
  • Ability to multitask and work on diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.


This position reports to a KCUR editor.


Commensurate with experience.


Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2018.  This position will remain open until filled.  Apply online: www.umkc.edu/jobs


Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.  This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.  For more information, call the UMKC Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

To apply for this job please visit www.umkc.edu.

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