Kansas News Service, Political Reporter

KCUR 89.3 (Kansas City, Missouri)

Posted 5 days ago

KCUR 89.3, NPR in Kansas City, is seeking a Political Reporter to join the Kansas News Service, a reporting collaboration of public media stations throughout Kansas. This is a chance to work with reporters on a range of statewide stories in an organization that’s becoming increasingly important in the Kansas news universe.

The reporter will cover campaigns and politics, produce in-depth reporting on the power dynamics for the news service, and play a key role in reporting on the Kansas Legislature. 

We seek a reporter who is passionate about diving deep into issues and working collaboratively with talented reporters producing top-notch journalism. The ideal candidate can identify, research, propose, write, report, record, voice and produce feature radio stories about Kansas politics for a statewide audience. The political reporter will help cover the Kansas Legislature while directing campaign and political coverage to establish KNS as a reliable, reasoned and thoughtful source of information about the power dynamics across Kansas. 

The ability to work cooperatively with the KNS managing editor, news director, reporters and news directors across the collaborative defines the position. You’ll find your colleagues eager to learn and to share their expertise on the issues that matter in Kansas. While KNS aims to be nimble in covering breaking news, the emphasis is on enterprising stories that would otherwise go uncovered – or that other news organizations would tackle with less analysis. The reporter should possess a keen understanding of what makes public media journalism special, but also have ambitions to help drive public media forward.

Preferably, this job will be based in the KNS Topeka office, but the reporter could work from the KCUR offices in Kansas City, Missouri, or remotely elsewhere in Kansas. The job will require spending significant time in Topeka.

See www.kcur.org/jobs for complete position description and information about KCUR and Kansas City.  

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Salary: $19.47 – $27.38 per hour, which is $40,498 – $56,950 annually.  Commensurate with experience.

The application deadline is January 31, 2021. KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Please apply online at UMKC’s website here. Select “Staff Positions,” then “View Jobs,,” then “View All Jobs.”

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