Job Information

University of Utah Host, Local Morning Edition in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/09/2022

Requisition Number PRN31794B

Job Title Producer/Director

Working Title Host, Local Morning Edition

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

40 hours/week, Monday through Friday, 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

VP Area President

Department 00335 - KUER

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $63,000 - $68,000 annually commensurate with qualifications and experience

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

KUER is looking for a curious and engaging journalist to serve as host and board operator during morning drive-time programming, "Morning Edition.” As one of the station’s main on-air personalities, this person works with the news director and station manager to shape the editorial direction, promotion strategy and sound of the station’s morning drive daypart. The host adheres to deadlines and, in concert with appropriate staff, makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. They follow the station programming log, deliver weather forecasts and write and anchor multiple newscasts per day (including material contributed by KUER news staff). The host also identifies, produces and edits engaging two-way interviews for local “Morning Edition.” The Morning Edition team includes a producer who assists with content production and serves as the fill-in host as necessary.

About us:

KUER serves Utahns with trustworthy news and information, expertly crafted stories and conversations, and diverse voices from around our state. To provide this essential public service, we are 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 women, people of color, people with disabilities and those from other groups historically underrepresented in our industry to apply.


  • Serves as primary local host and personality behind KUER and NPR’s morning drive-time program, “Morning Edition.” Also hosts additional morning programming as directed.
  • Anchors live breaks and newscasts and creates pre-produced content.
  • Writes, produces and delivers on-air newscasts with contributions from KUER news staff and support from the Morning Edition producer. Produces on-demand newscasts with producer.
  • Reports stories in appropriate forms for broadcast (live on-air, copy, actuality, cut & copy, studio two-way, wrap, feature, series, documentary, etc.)
  • Selects and researches topics; contacts and interviews sources; maintains notes and audio recordings with support from the Morning Edition producer.
  • Produces, conducts and edits two-way interviews for broadcast and online, in conjunction with the Morning Edition producer and newsroom editorial team.
  • Participates in regular newsroom editorial meetings, one-on-one check-ins, airchecks and station meetings.
  • Participates in KUER fund drives and promotion, and represents KUER at community/station events.
  • Ensures that all work meets NPR News and KUER standards for accuracy, fairness, honesty and impartiality, including the station’s Standards of Integrity document.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, or a related field, or equivalency, plus three years of directly related experience in instructional or commercial television required.


Department Specific Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated oral and written communications skills and an understanding of public radio and radio broadcasting
  • Sound news judgment and knowledge of journalistic best practices
  • A portfolio demonstrating strong hosting, interviewing, broadcast and digital writing and audio production skills
  • 3-5 years experience in public radio, radio broadcasting and AP Style
  • 3 years experience as an on-air announcer and host, with experience in board operation, newscast production and conducting interviews
  • Deep knowledge of local, national and international news. Knowledge of Utah news preferred
  • Familiarity with broadcast systems (i.e. Wide Orbit and Content Depot) and news software (i.e. Burli, AP products)
  • Strong on-air presence compatible with NPR aesthetics
  • Experience with editing and mixing on digital audio software (Audition, ProTools, etc.)
  • Excellent communicator, team player and problem solver with demonstrated human relations skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high-quality journalism
  • Willingness to learn, grow and innovate
  • Demonstrated commitment to including diverse voices and lived experiences in our community that broaden perceptions and find common ground
  • Comfort with an early hours schedule
  • Strong commitment to the editorial process


● Knowledge of Utah culture and politics

● The ability to write and speak fluently in a second language

● An active and engaging social media presence

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)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.