Host/Reporter, Pop Culture Happy Hour

NPR (Washington, D.C.)

Posted 2 months ago


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NPR is looking for a Reporter/Host to join Pop Culture Happy Hour, one of the best and most popular arts and entertainment podcasts around. Pop Culture Happy Hour is ramping up to publish five days a week, and we’re expanding and trying some new things. We’re looking for a Reporter/Host who can deliver something smart to say about popular culture, with humor, clarity, and surprise on a regular basis under tight deadlines. It’s not easy. But you’ll have a veteran team of smart, creative colleagues to help.

You do not already have to be a reporter, host or critic to apply. Are you the one in your group of friends who always wants to talk about the movie for an hour after you see it? Do you have theories about what shows, music, books and films are best-suited to our current cultural moment? Do people come to you for recommendations when they need great things to read, listen to and watch? Maybe you even do this professionally as a journalist or critic now? If you’re answering ‘yes’, to any of these questions, then this could be the job for you.


  • Appear as a panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and sometimes host solo.
  • Explain and analyze the biggest culture stories in creative, entertaining and provocative ways.
  • Conceive, research, write and report smart stories, help listeners and readers make sense of the pop culture landscape. 
  • Find contributors and guests that can help NPR cover film, television, books, and music.
  • Tell stories that will appeal to a general audience as well as experts in the know.
  • Help us find both the pop culture phenomena people are talking about and the things they don’t even know they’ll love yet.
  • As a host, serve as a public representative of National Public Radio, Inc. and maintain standards of professional performance and journalistic ethical standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, potentially writing for and working on social media and engagement initiatives.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


  • At least 3 years reporting or writing experience, ideally as a reporter or critic delivering high-level analysis or reporting on arts and entertainment.
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in arts and pop culture. 
  • Demonstrated ability to express opinions extemporaneously and provide context on cultural matters in an energetic, engaged and engaging manner
  • Demonstrated commitment to highlighting lesser-known artists and creators.
  • Ability and willingness to relocate to Washington, DC. (In future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations.  Severance provisions of the AFTRA collective bargaining agreement will apply should you choose not to accept a transfer.)
  • 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.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
  • Excellent writing skills.


  • Broadcast experience, on-air podcasting experience, or public speaking experience

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. Show us your creativity and give us a sense of your tastes and the type of stories you want to cover. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. 

Apply here.

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