Morning Edition Host/Reporter

January 26, 2015

In addition to being the local voice of WILL AM-FM’s morning drive-time programming and working with the morning producer, the Host/Reporter will create interviews, feature stories, and other material for on-air broadcast as well as online. The successful candidate will easily establish a rapport with our large audience and be able to deliver important information – including breaking news – clearly, concisely, and authentically. They’ll have a sense of humor, they’ll thrive in a collaborative, lively newsroom environment, they’ll take the social media bull by the horns, they’ll write well, and they’ll have a deep desire to propel Illinois Public Media’s news team (and IPM) to new heights.  In the past year, the IPM newsroom was honored with PRNDI, regional Murrow and Illinois AP awards, and was named ‘Best Downstate News Operation’.

The primary responsibilities of the Host/Reporter are to host programs, news segments, special coverage and events and to participate in the production of broadcast programs.  In performing this job, the successful Host/Reporter will:

  • Consistently deliver a professional, friendly and conversational on-air presentation that fits seamlessly into NPR’s Morning Edition.
  • Select materials that add insight, context and information from national, state and local sources to be included in the program.
  • Gather, write and edit news material for use during the program.
  • Prepare newscasts, interviews, sports, weather and other material for delivery during the program.
  • Host the live program and operate the control board during Morning Edition.
  • Create feature and spot news stories for air and for online (including photos and video).
  • Offer input on news assignments, keep up to date on issues in a variety of local and regional topics and connect national and regional stories to the local audience.
  • Interact with IPM audiences on social media.
  • Fill-in for other radio/TV show hosts as needed.
  • Occasionally travel to various off-site locations, greet the public, and participate in meetings and conferences in various venues.
  • Participate in pledge drive trainings and as pledge talent during fund drives.
  • Participate in marketing activities, community outreach projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of Illinois Public Media.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in communications, journalism, or related field.
  • One year live on-air radio or TV hosting experience, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated ability to host a broadcast news program with a confident, intelligent and friendly manner.
  • Two years of experience in broadcast script writing, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated ability to write accurately, clearly and concisely for broadcast and the web.
  • Experience working independently, demonstrating ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to meet strict broadcast deadlines.
  • Ability to edit audio with Adobe Audition or other digital editing system.

Preferred Qualifications

  • News reporting experience in broadcast media and web preferred.
  • On-air radio or TV hosting experience in public broadcasting preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of local, regional and national current events and issues.
  • Familiarity with libel rules, FCC rules, social media policies and best practices.
  • Skilled at adding content to websites using web content standards.
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Access, and Lync).

Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois.  Our mission is to enrich people’s lives through programs and services that educate, entertain, inspire and empower by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for TV, radio and the Web while working with community partners to address needs and concerns. 

The University of Illinois is home to Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners.  The university’s library is one of the largest in the world and its Krannert Center is one of the nation’s top performance venues.  Residents of Champaign-Urbana enjoy a thriving arts scene, an active night life, Big Ten sports, museums, parks and a growing system of bicycle paths. 

SALARY and BENEFITS:  Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience.  This is a full time academic professional position at the University of Illinois Urbana campus. The University offers very generous benefits including one month of paid vacation annually, free tuition for employees, health, dental and life insurance, sick leave and a pension system.

TO APPLY: Information available at http://will.illinois.edu/jobs. Complete a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references, and audio or video samples of your work in hosting or reporting.  Please let us know how you learned about this job opening. Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 25, 2015.  Interviews may take place before the closing date, but a hire will not be made until after that date. Start date is April 1, 2015 or a mutually acceptable date.  For more information, call Dee Breeding, HR Specialist, at 217-333-7300, or email IPM-jobs@illinois.edu.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.  Illinois Public Media welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu)