Job Information

University of Utah Central Utah/Growth, Wealth & Poverty Reporter, KUER News in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/15/2023

Requisition Number PRN36034B

Job Title Reporter/Producer

Working Title Central Utah/Growth, Wealth & Poverty Reporter, KUER News

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday thru Friday. Some weekend and evening work may be required for scheduled events and if breaking news events occur.

Due to the nature of this position, the reporter will be required to live in Utah’s Provo-Orem metropolitan area . Remote candidates cannot be considered. Some travel throughout the region, including periodic visits to KUER’s main studio in Salt Lake City, will be required.

VP Area President

Department 00335 - KUER

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 50,000 - 53,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

KUER is looking for an ambitious reporter to cover statewide issues of growth, wealth and poverty as well as the diverse politics, culture and more of Central Utah. The successful candidate will be based in Utah’s Provo-Orem metropolitan area and be part of KUER’s statewide team of curious and compassionate journalists. In 2021, Provo was the 8th fastest growing metro in the country. It’s home to Brigham Young University, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah Valley University, which has the largest student population in the state, and sits between agricultural lands and a burgeoning tech industry. As the state continues to grow, this area is a microcosm of how Utah deals with cultural and economic change. Seeking to explain this transition, the reporter will be responsible for producing compelling and thought-provoking daily stories and long-form features across radio, web and other digital platforms.

About us:

KUER serves Utahns with trustworthy news and information, expertly crafted stories and conversations featuring diverse voices from around our state. To provide this essential public service, we’re dedicated to building an organizational culture that prioritizes collaboration. We know an inclusive and equitable work environment is essential to our success.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff whose perspectives are heard and valued. We strongly encourage people of color, women, transgender and non-binary people, people with disabilities and those from other groups historically underrepresented in our industry to apply.


This job description reflects the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job. In addition to the duties outlined here, the position includes such other duties as assigned.


  • Researches and proposes original coverage topics; produces news as assigned by the newsroom editorial team; identifies and builds trust with sources, with an emphasis on seeking out a diversity of voices; records and logs audio interviews for broadcast production; writes, edits and voices reports for broadcast and digital platforms
  • Maintains beat specialty in growth, wealth and poverty and Central Utah issues; follows major developments in specialty; follows pertinent publications and attends related events; proactively participates in the creative cycle of story origination with reporters, producers and audio and digital editorial leadership team
  • Adheres to deadlines and, in concert with appropriate staff, makes timely and effective decisions for breaking news; works closely with other staff and under the supervision of the KUER editorial team in identifying, developing and creating content that supports KUER’s overall mission
  • Actively participates in KUER fund drives and represents KUER at community and station events
  • Executes administrative duties related to their own reporting and community engagement to support federal and grant reporting requirements, source diversity tracking and other station goals

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Broadcasting, or a related field, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); one year of previous professional experience in the news field; demonstrated oral and written communications skills; and an understanding of Public Radio and radio broadcasting required. Production skills are needed to record and edit final story formats.

Department Specific Qualifications:

  • One to three years of previous professional journalism experience
  • Sound news judgment and knowledge of journalistic best practices
  • A portfolio demonstrating strong interviewing, broadcast and digital writing, fact-checking and audio production skills
  • An understanding of public radio, radio broadcasting and AP Style
  • Ability to explain complex economic and political concepts and processes to a lay audience in a conversational, accessible way
  • Excellent communicator, team player and problem solver with demonstrated human relations skills
  • Ability to work independently from a bureau situated about an hour from the primary newsroom, while partnering with editorial staff and colleagues via video conferencing, instant messaging and email
  • Ability to proactively find and report stories on a wide-range of topics and locations
  • Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high quality journalism
  • A passion for creative storytelling that serves distinctive communities, including a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion to align with station goals and culture
  • Ability to build trust and be mindful of diverse voices on their team and in the community
  • Willingness to learn, grow and innovate


  • Two to four years of previous professional journalism experience
  • Comfort with digital photography and social media
  • The ability to write and speak fluently in a second language, especially Spanish
  • Previous experience in communicating with and/or telling the stories of underrepresented groups

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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