University of Utah Reporter/Producer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/30/2018

Requisition Number PRN18220B

Job Title Reporter/Producer

Working Title Reporter/Producer

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


This is a full-time benefited position termed to run from October 2018 through June 30, 2019, with the possibility of being extended.

VP Area President

Department 00335 - KUER

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Commensurate with Experience

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

NPRUtah, broadcasting asKUER90.1 FM in Salt Lake City, is looking for a dynamic journalist to join our team as the station’s reporter assigned to the vibrant Mountain West News Bureau, aCPB-funded Regional Journalism Collaboration of six newsrooms in the Rocky Mountain region.

The collaboration, which launched earlier this year, reaches audiences throughout Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. The MountainWest News Bureau’s stories frequently reach a national audience throughNPR. As Utah attracts regional and national attention because of the state’s politics, environmental and health issues and other unique qualities, this is a high-profile – and high-volume – general assignment role. The reporter will need the ability to keep an eye trained toward enterprise work while staying focused on news of the day out of Utah that can hold regional interest.

While working out of theKUERnewsroom, the position requires the reporter to work collaboratively with our news reporters, other journalists from theMWNBand its managing editor, who is based remotely. Journalists regularly file spot news and feature-length stories. The ability to travel around the state is crucial to file stories for theMWNBas well as to contribute to the local newscast.

The collaboration runs through June 2019. This is a full-time benefited position termed to run from October 2018 through June 30, 2019, with the possibility of being extended.


Research, write and produce daily radio stories and long form radio features of local, state, or national interest forKUERradio.

Selects and researches topics; contacts and interviews sources; maintains notes and audio recordings; writes and edits reports; produces and voices reports for air. Produces news as assigned by MountainWest News Bureau Managing Editor andKUERNews Director. Reports stories in appropriate forms for broadcast (live on-air, copy, actuality, cut & copy, voicer, wrap, feature, series, documentary, studio two-way, etc.) May be asked to anchor newscasts or host programs.

Maintains contact lists and files for on-going continuity of coverage and accumulation of knowledge. Proactively participates in the creative cycle of story and program origination with reporters, supervisor, producers and Web staff.

The Reporter adheres to deadlines and, in concert with appropriate staff, makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The Reporter also works with other staff and under the supervision of theKUERNews Director, assisting in identifying, developing and creating programs that support KUER‘s overall mission. Actively participates inKUERfund drives and representsKUERat community and station events.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Broadcasting, or a related field, or equivalency; 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 edit and rerecord final story formats.

Experience and track record of reporting and filing for national radio magazines and shows produced byNPR,APMandPRI. Knowledge and experience related to delivering local newscasts. Knowledge and ability to use social media tools to enhance news coverage and web presence of station.


Spanish-language skills and/or experience covering diverse communities preferred.

Two or more years of experience as a radio broadcast reporter.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

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