Traffic/Breaking News Anchor/Reporter

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Jul 09, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

WPBF 25 News has an opening for a Traffic/Breaking News Anchor/Reporter.  We are looking for someone who can bring the energy of live reporting to our morning newscast.  You'll need to be comfortable on the set with our anchor team and in front of various presentation areas, including a chromakey wall.  This person will take charge and own major traffic stories on all platforms.  Knowledge of roadways, highways, toll roads, Palm Beach International airport and cities, towns and communities in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast are a must. You will be required to produce your own graphics within the WSI Max software for nearly two dozen live hits each morning.  As our traffic expert, you'll be expected to make connections with local transportation leaders, pitch newsworthy content and produce those stories for multiple platforms. Social media engagement is crucial for success.  This person will also produce and cover breaking news stories on all platforms during the morning newscast.  In addition to credibility, poise, and personality; we’re looking for someone who wants to head out into the field and break the big stories following the morning show. Our next breaking news anchor/reporter will enterprise exclusives, tell compelling stories, and execute energetic live shots. We are looking for this market’s next leader who isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions and will hold those in power accountable. Our anchors write and edit scripts with conversational communication in mind. We are looking for a versatile, enterprising self-starter who is fast, efficient, works well under tight deadlines, can develop sources, and has excellent live reporting skills. You must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, work independently and excel at time management.


Job Responsibilities:                                                

·     Delivers scripted and ad lib material with professionalism, personality, and purpose  

·     Either knows how to build or willing to learn how to build traffic maps within the WSI Max software

·      Regularly plans, gathers and assembles stories on day-of news or special project assignments

·      Works with or without a photographer to gather and edit compelling video and captivating sound

·     Coordinates with news managers and producers to develop stories that go beyond surface details, that accentuate unique enterprise angles, and have exclusive content

·     Develops a network of sources who provide tips, early access to information, and allow the reporter to break stories of significance.

·     Will contribute pictures, video and text updates to mobile platforms consistently throughout the day

·     Can juggle multiple stories and projects at once, demonstrates exceptional time-management skills by meeting all deadlines under extraordinary pressure.

·     An ability to summarize information into easy-to-understand components

·     Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards

·     Appears on behalf of the station at public events



·     At least 3-5 years' experience in a News environment

·     Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment calmly and manage deadline pressures

·     Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required

·     ENPS knowledge preferred

·     WSI Max software knowledge preferred

·     Can work in all weather conditions and carry up to 50 pounds

·     Has a valid driver’s license, can drive large vehicles over long distances, and a clear driving record

·     Ability to work varied shifts, including overnights and weekends   

·     Can deal with the stresses and pressures of time-sensitive newscast production 

·     Your demo reel should be indicative of your everyday work



·     Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent proven work experience

·     Military training and experience will be considered 


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