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Traffic Anchor Reporter

Hearst Television, Des Moines, IA, United States

The story is yours!

Duration: Full Time

Traffic/Right Now Anchor Reporter

KCCI, the CBS affiliate in Des Moines, IA, is now hiring a Traffic/Right Now Anchor Reporter. We need a good storyteller who has excellent on-air presence and engagement skills. We want someone who can captivate our viewers on social media and a journalist who will grow this position. In addition, you will bring the energy of live reporting to our anchor desk. You will enterprise exclusives, tell compelling stories, and complete live shots. You will write and edit scripts with viewer interaction in mind. You are versatile, enterprising, can work fast and efficiently, and work well under tight deadlines, can develop sources, and have excellent live reporting skills. You will report to the News Director.


  • Prepare morning and evening traffic report with graphics
  • News gather for traffic reports
  • Provide concise live traffic reports for morning show and, as needed, evening shows
  • Research and report up-to-the-minute traffic conditions
  • Communicate important traffic information to the show producers and show anchors promptly
  • Make sure that corresponding graphics, video and live shots are used accurately
  • Deliver scripted and ad-lib material with professionalism, personality, and purpose.
  • Plan, gather and assemble stories on day-of news or special project assignments.
  • Coordinate with news managers and producers to develop stories that go beyond surface details, that accentuate unique enterprise angles, and have exclusive content
  • Develop a network of sources who provide tips, early access to information, and allow the reporter to break stories of significance
  • Appear on behalf of the station at public events.
  • Will contribute pictures, video and text updates to mobile platforms throughout the day
  • Work on different stories and projects at once and meeting all deadlines 
  • Summarize information into easy-to-understand components
  • In-person attendance required


  • Professional or college experience as a journalist and storyteller in a commercial television station
  • Experience using traffic systems preferred
  • Suited to ad-lib in breaking news situations
  • Clear speech, basic knowledge of how to use a computer and basic knowledge of social media
  • Familiar with street and highway names and directions; quick to learn
  • Must be creative and work well with others
  • Related military experience will be considered

Diversity Statement

At Hearst Television we tell stories every day. Stories about people of all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. That's why, behind the scenes, we believe in being an organization as diverse and varied as the audience we reach, ensuring that the content we create is more compassionate, and more representative of the communities we serve.


Hearst's benefit programs are modern, flexible and designed to focus on you. As a Hearst employee, you and your spouse or partner or dependents would have access to the following benefits.

  • Medical | Dental | Vision
  • 401(k) matching
  • Emotional Wellness Support
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • LGBTQ+ Health Services
  • Additional benefits to meet your and your family's needs

About Hearst Television

Every career with Hearst Television is like a story. How it develops, where it takes you, the milestones you reach along the way – you’ve got a lot to look forward to as your unique career story unfolds.

Hearst Television, a subsidiary of Hearst, owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.

Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry's premier companies. It has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism and industry innovation, including the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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