WLKY - Reporter

Hearst Television, Louisville, KY, United States

The story is yours!

Duration: Full-Time

WLKY is looking for an experienced Reporter who can generate ideas specific to our community and wants to own the big story of the day. The right candidate understands the urgency of breaking news. This person should be an excellent writer who knows how to tell a visual story and be able to execute compelling live shots. We are looking for a take-charge, team player who hits the ground running every day, someone with high-energy who works quickly and effectively.

WLKY values strong story generation and compelling writing, excellent time management skills and a positive, team-oriented attitude. We're looking for a reporter who can work a lead and break the big stories - who pitches and wants to own the big story every day. You must be able to work quickly, under tight deadlines, understand and implement direction and feedback, develop sources and collaborate with a video journalist in order to tell the best story possible. You should be an avid local news consumer who knows what is happening and how develop a network of community contacts. Your reel should demonstrate live reporting ability. Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards are a must. Must work with urgency and be dependable. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Must work well with video journalists, producers, managers and other co-workers.  
  • Regularly plan, gather and assemble stories on day-of news, and other assigned stories. Must be able to write a package quickly, while also turning vosots for other newscasts and digital content. 
  • Must be able to communicate and collaborate with video journalist on how to develop/tell story in the most visual and compelling way.  
  • Must adhere to writing/editing timing deadlines for assigned newscasts. Must provide editors enough time to edit and provide producers with script information in timely manner.
  • Develop a network of sources who provide tips, early access to information, and allow the reporter to cover stories of significance. 
  • Will contribute pictures, video and text updates to mobile platforms daily
  • Can juggle multiple stories and projects at once, demonstrates exceptional time-management skills by meeting all deadlines under extraordinary pressure.  
  • In-person attendance is required


Experience Requirements:

  • Past reporting experience (3-5 years) required 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop stories and cover breaking news 
  • Your demo reel should be indicative of your everyday work 
  • Related military experience will be considered 

Qualifications Requirements: 

  • Strong writing and storytelling skills 
  • Ability to work varied shifts, including overnights, nights and weekends  
  • Can deal with the stresses and pressures of time-sensitive newscast production
  • Has a valid driver’s license, and clear driving record
  • Ability to operate mobile transmission devices and use latest technology 
  • Can work in all weather conditions and carry up to 50 pounds 



  • Related experience and/or training considered as well as a combination of education and experience.
  • Equivalent military training from Defense Information School (DINFOS) and associated experience will be considered. 
  • Hearst Television is a proud supporter of military veterans. Related military training and experience will be considered.



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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