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Arts Reporter

Req #: 198575

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Job Location Detail: U District

Posting Date: 10/27/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $5,500 – $6,250 Monthly based on experience ($66,000- $75,000 Annually)

Union Position: Yes

Shift: First Shift


KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. We believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission. Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.


KUOW has an outstanding and rare opportunity for an Arts Reporter (Reporter 1), covering the arts, the people making it and the impact it has on our local community. This reporter will be responsible for taking KUOW’s audience inside the world of creators, from large concert halls to the studios of new and emerging artists. They will delve into the way culture is expressed in our diverse region, including through music, craft, tradition, film, performance, and storytelling. They will tell stories exploring the intersection of arts, culture and underrepresented communities, as well as how emerging social trends are being expressed through art and music. The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic conversationalist comfortable on both sides of the mic. They should be able to host lively, memorable discussions on-air and out in the community, in addition to producing compelling audio storytelling for radio and podcasts.


  • Identify and craft compelling arts stories for multiple platforms including broadcast audio, web, video, podcasts
  • Pursue stories at the intersection of arts, culture, and underrepresented communities
  • Convene and host conversations with the local arts communities and engage regularly with key stakeholders
  • Contribute reports to drive-time shows and daily newscasts as needed
  • Maintain a wide variety of sources and contacts
  • Appear on KUOW talk shows and at live events to present and discuss stories
  • Actively engage with social media and source networks as a reporting and distribution tool.
  • Meet daily filing schedule that may require occasional evening and weekend work.
  • Work closely with editors and content producers in creating plans that articulate a vision and strategy for coverage of the arts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Position reports to a KUOW Editor


  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of professional journalism experience with significant experience covering the arts; or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Core understanding or experience with audio production equipment and techniques
  • Demonstrated strength in producing for digital platforms
  • Understanding of emerging platforms
  • Impeccable journalistic integrity and editorial judgment.
  • Ability to manage several projects concurrently.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to professionally represent the station.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.1, employees of higher education and healthcare institutions must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 18, 2021 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.