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State Government Reporter

Req #: 214852

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Other Location

Job Location Detail: Olympia

Posting Date: 11/02/2022

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $5,500 – $6,417/month based on experience ($66,000 - $77,004 Annually)

Union Position: Yes

Shift: First Shift

KUOW has a rare opening for a State Government Reporter representing the Northwest News Network to tell stories for a regional audience. The ideal candidate is an experienced reporter with in-depth knowledge of public policy and Washington state politics. This reporter will focus on stories about Washington state agencies, the Washington Legislature, the governor’s office and other state entities — and the people affected by public policy trends in the Northwest. Successful candidates will have a strong record of covering government and politics, breaking news and enterprise stories, with a keen focus on solutions, equity and accountability journalism. This position is perfect for a collaborative reporter who enjoys working with other journalists to dive deep into stories at the intersection of race, education, healthcare, and other beats.

The Northwest News Network is a regional collaboration among public media stations in Washington state and Oregon.


• Identify and craft deeply reported audio and digital stories on a beat.

• Produce scoops on that beat.

• Contribute news reports to daily newscasts and on various platforms.

• Appear on KUOW talk shows and at live events to present and discuss reporting.

• Active engagement with social media and source networks as a reporting and distribution tool.

• Meet daily filing schedule that requires occasional evening and weekend work.

• Work closely with editors and content producers on plans that articulate a vision and strategy for coverage of a beat.

• Perform other duties as assigned.


Position reports to the Editor.



Requirements include:

• Bachelor’s degree and three years of professional broadcast journalism experience including specific position requirements relating to news writing, radio production and audio editing; or equivalent combination of education/experience.

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


• Background in news writing, radio production, and audio editing software.

• Track record of producing enterprise stories with impact.

• Self-starter with proven ability to meet deadlines and check facts.

• 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.

• Familiarity with and appreciation for public radio style programming.


KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally and ethnically 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. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.