Producer and Reporter, PBS NewsHour West

PBS NewsHour
Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 08, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time


With roots in public service journalism beginning in 1973, the PBS NewsHour today is on a mission to bring balanced, in-depth news coverage to all. Innovative and fast-paced, life at the NewsHour is focused on collaboration, trust, and above all, enterprising important, considered news. NewsHour is unique in that the team is small and tight-knit, and must accomplish what no other daily news organization does: be the gold-standard of reporting for a nightly, hour-long broadcast, and to crucial digital platforms.

You’ll enjoy working at the NewsHour if you enjoy contributing to meaningful reporting, working on small teams in which your ideas are not just valued but vital, and pushing yourself to grow your skills every day.


The PBS NewsHour is opening a new bureau outside of its headquarters in Washington DC to serve as a western-based reporting hub and a production center for an updated nightly broadcast. The new “PBS NewsHour West” team will emphasize reporting on news and feature stories especially from the western part of the country, contributing to the national broadcast and its associated digital platforms. It will also lead an updated nightly broadcast for the Pacific Time zone feeds with late breaking news and developments.

We are seeking a talented, hard-working, ambitious team to launch this bureau later this year. The Producer and Reporter will be a key team member and contributor to this new product, as well as a regular contributor to the national program and its associated social and digital presence.

This role will be based at PBS NewsHour West’s new home in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


You’ll get to know your team and the wider organization, and how each group functions independently as well as part of the whole. You’ll establish key relationships with your peers, while being exposed to executives through participation in editorial planning meetings. You’ll contribute to enterprising and breaking news, features, and analysis reporting for the website starting on day one, and by day 30 you can expect to see your bylines on a variety of digital platforms.


You are regularly contributing to both breaking and longer-form, in-depth news reporting. You bring a vibrancy and terrific ideas to pitch meetings. You get kudos from not only your immediate team, but from others throughout the organization for your ability to connect as well as to get the job done. You’ve developed trust with executive leadership. And you have grown your own skills and can point to evidence in your improved reporting.


You possess:

  • Experience reporting for broadcast on news with national and international significance, including politics and elections, as well as feature, character driven stories and the arts. Experience with national outlets preferred.
  • Creative vision, voice and impeccable editorial integrity are paramount in this role.
  • Experience contributing and coordinating text and video content to digital publication and social media.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced newsroom setting, adjust smoothly to changing assignments under deadline pressure, and collaborate positively and enthusiastically with a small team.
  • A knack for pitching irresistible stories.
  • Experience teaching or working with journalism students or interns is a plus.
  • The relentlessness needed to chase down a lead over days, weeks, or months.
  • Minimum of 4+ years of producing, preferably for a national news outlet, with an emphasis on hard news. Preference for experience covering campaigns and politics, but also with a deep interest in a wide variety of other topics.
  • College degree in journalism, political science, or related field.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Generous 403(B) employer match
  • Free parking
  • Holiday and paid leave programs
  • Tuition reimbursement

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