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Education Reporter

Req #: 213276

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Job Location Detail: U District

Posting Date: 09/30/2022

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 is seeking an experienced reporter to cover stories about education in the Puget Sound region, ranging from K-12 through college. The Education Reporter will dive deep into issues that influence education equity, funding, policy, student outcomes and educator workforce/labor issues. They will spend time in the community to find trends, enterprise stories and diverse perspectives. The reporter will work with their editor to determine coverage approaches and priorities, with ongoing attention to systemic issues that contribute to the quality and inequity in our schools. A sample of topics for the upcoming year could include teacher shortages and burnout, school safety, disciplinary policies, student mental health, intersections with politics (critical race theory, book bans, transgender athletes), and new models for school and learning post-pandemic.


  • 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.


Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of professional broadcast journalism experience.
  • 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.

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


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. As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.


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.


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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.